Can You Take Photographs or Make Recordings in Court?
202001.23
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Can You Take Photographs or Make Recordings in Court?

Recording and Broadcasting in Court It has long been a criminal offence to take photographs or make recordings in court; even sketch artists have to sketch from memory rather than while in court.  In 2011 an 85-year-old man was sent to prison for recording court proceedings, and Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (commonly known as Tommy Robinson) recently…

Date Rape Drugs and The Law
202001.15
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Date Rape Drugs and The Law

What Are Date Rape Drugs? GHB, sometimes referred to as the date-rape drug, is often used recreationally to reduce inhibitions. Reynhard Sinaga was sentenced to life imprisonment for the rape and sexual assault of 48 victims. The student is believed to have laced drinks with GHB to make his victims lose consciousness and have no…

Interpreters and the Law
202001.07
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Interpreters and the Law

Interpreters and the Law Why Are Interpreters Important for Court Proceedings? Many people face court proceedings who do not necessarily have a detailed grasp of the English language. A defendant mustn’t be a mere observer of legal proceedings and that they, as fully as anyone not legally qualified can, participate fully. It is therefore vital…

Criminal Law in 2020 – What Can We Expect
202001.02
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Criminal Law in 2020 – What Can We Expect

Changes to the Law in 2020: In legislative terms 2019 was a pretty quiet year with parliament being so heavily occupied with Brexit, there was little time for anything else. 2020 promises to be somewhat different, the government has a substantial parliamentary majority, and being ‘tough on crime’ seems once again to be a popular…

What Are Passport Offences?
201912.20
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What Are Passport Offences?

The Latest on Passport Offences Immigration is a very political issue at the present time, and the hurdles facing those wishing to settle in the UK are getting harder to surmount, tempting some people to buy false passports to try and secure entry and in some cases gainful employment. Section 4 of the Identity Documents…

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…

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…

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…