Getting Tough on Public Disorder
201805.09
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Getting Tough on Public Disorder

The Changes to Public Disorder The Sentencing Council, which is the body responsible for setting sentencing guidelines in England and Wales, has today published proposed new guidelines in respect to public disorder offences. Public Disorder: What offences are covered? The guidelines will apply to the following offences, all of which are to be found in…

The Parole Board – A Period of Rapid Change
201805.02
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The Parole Board – A Period of Rapid Change

Your Update on the Parole Board …  Following the Parole Board decision to release John Worboys, the taxi driver rapist, there has been a review of its functions, in particular a review of Rule 25 of the Parole Board Rules 2016 that prevented the Parole Board disclosing any information relating to its hearings. That rule…

Another Fine Mess
201804.27
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Another Fine Mess

What Happens When You’re Issued a Fine In the crown court, while a fine is not the most common punishment meted out, when they are imposed they tend to be very large. Do I have to pay the fine all at once? Sometimes a court will order full payment (and may give a period of…

Did Ant McPartlin Get Off Lightly?
201804.18
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Did Ant McPartlin Get Off Lightly?

A lot has been written in recent days about the sentence passed following Ant McPartlin’s (of ‘Ant and Dec’ fame) conviction for drink driving, in this article, we examine the case in a little more detail. What offence was Ant McPartlin charged with? McPartlin pleaded guilty to an offence of driving with excess alcohol (‘drink driving’), that…

New Sentencing Guidelines for Arson and Criminal Damage Proposed
201803.27
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New Sentencing Guidelines for Arson and Criminal Damage Proposed

The Sentencing Council has today (27 March 2017) published proposed new guidelines covering arson and criminal damage offences. The guidelines, for courts in England and Wales, will help ensure consistent and proportionate sentencing for these offences. Why are new guidelines being proposed? The introduction of the guidelines is due to existing sentencing guidance for these…

Throwing Items Over the Wall into a Prison
201803.20
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Throwing Items Over the Wall into a Prison

It can be a temptation to family members, and to others perhaps for financial gain, to seek to convey articles into prisons. The chance of being detected is high and possibly for that reason many who might otherwise be tempted to do so, resist. Section 40CB of the Prison Act 1952 makes it an offence…

Shaken Baby Syndrome
201803.05
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Shaken Baby Syndrome

The unlawful death of a child is always a deeply traumatic act and one that shakes any society to its core. For some parents, it represents not only a deeply personal and tragic loss but the beginning of a nightmare. The reality in most murder and manslaughter cases is that the perpetrator is known, and…