What’s the New Law That Involves Upskirting?
201902.01
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What’s the New Law That Involves Upskirting?

Voyeurism and ‘Upskirting’ – Government Acts to Strengthen Law The Voyeurism (Offences) (No 2) Bill completed its parliamentary journey on 15th January 2019 and will shortly receive Royal Assent. As the Act will create new criminal offences, the usual convention is that at least two months will pass before the offence comes in to force….

Should We Have Short Prison Sentences?
201901.16
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Should We Have Short Prison Sentences?

End of The Road for Short Prison Sentences? The big news story of the weekend was the surprising news that the Prisons Minister is considering whether to abolish the power to impose short prison sentences, those of 6 months or less. Arguing for the need for reform, Mr Stewart told the Daily Telegraph Magazine: “You…

Soubry and the Nazi Slur – An Offence?
201901.10
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Soubry and the Nazi Slur – An Offence?

What You Need to Know About the Nazi Slur on Sky News Was it an offence to accuse Anna Soubry of being a Nazi whilst she was broadcasting on Sky News? Potentially, is the answer. The Public Order Act 1986 contains the most likely candidates for any prosecution, in sections 4, 4A, and 5. These…

What’s Next for Coronation Street’s Sally?
201811.28
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What’s Next for Coronation Street’s Sally?

What Happens Next for Sally? In a dramatic climax the jury returned guilty verdicts in the case of R v Sally Metcalfe, the hapless Coronation Street Councillor caught up in fraud, money laundering and bribery. As viewers will know, poor Sally appears to be a victim of Duncan’s cunning plan to divert blame elsewhere. Her…

What You Need to Know About Restorative Justice
201811.23
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What You Need to Know About Restorative Justice

What Restorative Justice? Restorative Justice, or RJ as it is sometimes known, is a way of holding offenders to account and can be used as an alternative to a caution or conviction, or alongside a sentence. What Happens? Restorative justice gives a victim the opportunity to meet or communicate with an offender to help them…

Is Alexa a Key Witness?
201811.15
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Is Alexa a Key Witness?

Alexa – Witness for the Prosecution? On 29th January 2017, Christine Sullivan and her housemate were found murdered in Farmington, New Hampshire. Their bodies were discovered by the house owner, Dean Smoronk, who was Sullivan’s boyfriend. Timothy Verrill, an associate of Smornok, was later charged with second-degree murder and has pleaded not guilty. Although the…

Acid Attacks – New Laws in Force
201811.07
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Acid Attacks – New Laws in Force

There’s New Laws Regarding Acid Attacks After a recent spate of assaults involving the use of acids and other corrosive substances, the government has acted to try and curb their use. At the present time there are around 15 acid attacks / offences per week. In January 2018, the Home Office announced a voluntary agreement…

Are Dangerous Dogs on the Rise?
201810.23
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Are Dangerous Dogs on the Rise?

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee’s report ‘Controlling dangerous dogs’ calls for a full-scale review of current dog control legislation and policy to better protect the public. The report was published on 17 October 2018. Is There A Problem with Dangerous Dogs? According to the Committee, yes. In 1991 the Dangerous Dogs Act outlawed…

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…

Getting Tough on Breach of Court Orders
201806.11
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Getting Tough on Breach of Court Orders

The New Breach Guidelines Yesterday (7 June 2018), the Sentencing Council has published new guidelines for judges and magistrates for when they are sentencing offenders who have breached court orders. The guidelines provide a clear approach which will mean a tightening up of the way courts deal with offenders who have not complied with a…