What Happens When You Publish an Obscene Article
201810.15
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What Happens When You Publish an Obscene Article

Publishing, Or Having For Publication For Gain, An Obscene Article Prosecuting those who publish obscene articles (an offence under section 2 of the Obscene Publications Act 1959) is hardly prudish, despite what certain commentators would argue. The maximum sentence of five years’ imprisonment will frequently be warranted for activities which have disturbing and harmful knock-on…

Solicitors – A Brand That You Can Trust
201810.09
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Solicitors – A Brand That You Can Trust

Our Guide to Understanding Solicitors Solicitors are there to help advise you on the law, to guide you through difficult times, explain, advise and represent you. But who tells us what to do and ensures that you receive a proper service? The Solicitors Regulation Authority The SRA regulate solicitors and law firms in England and…

What Is Contempt Of Court?
201810.02
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What Is Contempt Of Court?

The case of Tommy Robinson, or to give him his real name, Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, has brought this issue into the public eye, but what is it all about? Contempt of Court Explained  The interesting thing about contempt of court is the many ways in which it can be committed. It can be civil or criminal…

Police And Eyesight: FAQ
201810.01
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Police And Eyesight: FAQ

What Power Do The Police Have To Test My Eyesight? There has been much ado in the press about police forces undertaking random checks on motorists and revoking licences at the roadside. So, what are their powers? Can The Police Stop Me? Under section 163 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 a police officer in…

About the New Sentencing Guidelines for Child Cruelty
201809.28
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About the New Sentencing Guidelines for Child Cruelty

What You Need to Know About The New Sentencing Guidelines for Child Cruelty The Sentencing Council has published a new guideline for how those guilty of child cruelty offences should be sentenced.  It covers three offences: cruelty to a child; causing or allowing a child to die or suffer serious physical harm; and failing to…

Drink Driving – Frequently Asked Questions
201808.13
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Drink Driving – Frequently Asked Questions

Drink Driving FAQ’s Take a look as we answer common questions and quires surrounding drink driving. Fail to Provide a Breath Specimen If you are suspected of driving with excess alcohol in your body, you may be asked to provide a breath sample at the roadside. If that sample is positive, you are likely to…

All About Entrapment
201808.03
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All About Entrapment

Entrapment … Agent provocateur is French for “inciting agent”, an entrapment situation where a person is enticed, incited or encouraged into committing an offence that he would not have otherwise committed. How Does It Relate To Criminal Law? The police frequently use undercover police officers in relation to drugs offences. An officer becomes familiar with…

Manslaughter – New Sentencing Guideline
201807.31
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Manslaughter – New Sentencing Guideline

The Sentencing Council, responsible for setting sentencing guidelines in England and Wales, has today issued a new guideline in relation to manslaughter offences. Which Offences Are Covered? The guideline covers: Unlawful act manslaughter – a common law offence Gross negligence manslaughter – a common law offence Manslaughter by reason of loss of control – a…

The Death Penalty and Extradition
201807.31
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The Death Penalty and Extradition

What You Need to Know About The Death Penalty and Extradition In the UK we have not had the death penalty for over 50 years. The last hanging in England took place in 1964 when Peter Allen and Gwynne Evans were hanged for the murder of John West, 15 months before the death penalty was…

It’s Health and Safety Gone Mad! Or Is It?
201807.16
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It’s Health and Safety Gone Mad! Or Is It?

The Health and Safety Executive is the national regulator for workplace health and safety. Interestingly, on its website, there is a page for debunking health and safety myths, such as the one where flags were banned from civic cars for “health and safety”, or the removal of alcohol from a workplace Christmas party. So, What…