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…

The Defence of Duress and Necessity
201805.18
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The Defence of Duress and Necessity

The Defence of Duress and Necessity – But I Had No Choice! There is a law known as the Defence of Duress and Necessity. It can be very difficult to demonstrate and will only apply in unusual and extreme circumstances. It is used to describe a situation where someone is forced by the demands of…

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…

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…

Is it Lawful to Hit a Child?
201801.11
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Is it Lawful to Hit a Child?

Is it ever OK to hit a child? Laws that criminalise unlawful violence date back to 1861 and are used every day in criminal courts to support prosecutions. Despite what might appear to be an obvious legal position, the question is often asked as to whether, despite those laws, it is permissible to ‘smack’ a…

Gun Amnesty: What You Need to Know
201711.22
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Gun Amnesty: What You Need to Know

Have you heard about the Gun Amnesty? A two-week gun amnesty begins today across the UK. In this period people will have an opportunity to dispose of firearms and ammunition safely, with ‘no questions asked’. Who are the police reaching out to? The amnesty is directed at two distinct groups of people, firstly those who…

Drugs – No Laughing Matter
201711.08
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Drugs – No Laughing Matter

Drugs: Laughing Gas ‘Laughing gas’ more properly known as Nitrous Oxide, is back in the news following a Court of Appeal ruling that the substance is controlled by the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016. The Act makes it an offence to possess psychoactive substances with intent to supply, and in limited cases, simple possession is also…

You Need To Know The Law and Fireworks
201710.31
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You Need To Know The Law and Fireworks

As we approach Bonfire Night, the night sky is brought alive by the vibrant explosions of noise and colour, but as always, lurking in the background is a risk that failing to deal with fireworks safely and responsibly can bring you to the attention of the police. It’s certainly worth knowing the law and fireworks…