Investigating and Prosecuting Rape Cases
201912.19
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Investigating and Prosecuting Rape Cases

The Latest Findings About Rape Cases Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate has published a new report in relation to the investigation and prosecution of rape cases. The significant findings are: Since 2016, the number of cases prosecuted by the CPS has fallen by 52%. This is despite the fact that there has been a…

The Morning After: Drug / Drink Driving
201912.03
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The Morning After: Drug / Drink Driving

The Morning After the Night Before … When people think about drink/drug driving, it is often based on a narrative that involves a man, leaving a pub late at night, driving erratically and being stopped by the police. This scenario is sometimes the backdrop to an arrest for drink or drug driving, but more often,…

Tracking Violent Offenders
201911.15
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Tracking Violent Offenders

How Tracking Violent Offenders Could Change A pilot is being carried out into electronic monitoring global positioning system. The aim of the pilot is to gain information to look at how existing and new electronic monitoring technologies could be used more effectively for tracking violent offenders. A specific pilot is also taking place in London…

Jet2 Court Proceedings: Lies and Easy Money
201911.15
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Jet2 Court Proceedings: Lies and Easy Money

Lies and Easy Money In a case this week involving Jet2 Holidays, Karl and Laura Hughes claimed that they had suffered sickness while on a package holiday. They said they had food poisoning as a result of eating contaminated food or drink or swimming in the hotel’s unsanitary pool. In witness statements, Mr & Mrs…

Drink or Drug Driving – The Second Sample
201910.14
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Drink or Drug Driving – The Second Sample

In some cases, the police need to take either a blood or urine sample from a driver suspected of driving under the influence of drink or drugs. In almost all instances, the police opt for a blood sample. What Happens Next? Part of the problem is the procedure adopted by the police. The police do…

Firearms – Sentencing Reform
201910.10
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Firearms – Sentencing Reform

The Sentencing Council is consulting on a new guideline for some of the most commonly prosecuted firearms offences. At the moment, guidance is to be found only in case law, and this can lead to a challenging sentencing exercise. The purpose of the guideline is to provide consistency in sentencing, and the impact assessment does…

Diplomatic Immunity
201910.10
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Diplomatic Immunity

The somewhat arcane topic of diplomatic Immunity has hit the news headlines following the tragic death of 19-year-old Harry Dunn, as a result of a road traffic collision. It has been confirmed that the wife of an American diplomat has returned to the United States and will not face a further criminal investigation in the…

Airports, Planes And Alcohol Laws
201909.04
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Airports, Planes And Alcohol Laws

Do Alcohol Laws Need to Be Changed for Airports and Planes? It has been reported in the press that 500 people have been arrested while drunk on a plane at British airports in the last three years.  For many people a holiday begins once cases have been checked in, and what is the harm in…

Brexit, Firearms and Other Laws
201908.14
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Brexit, Firearms and Other Laws

What Does Brexit Mean for Firearms? As the government prepares to bring us out of the EU on 31st October 2019, details have begun to emerge as to the legal and regulatory position if we leave without a deal. Some of the first information released relates to firearms, although it regrettably raises more questions than…