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Practice – human trafficking

The Law Society has published a new practice note in response to the significant rise in human trafficking to and within the UK – with child victims of trafficking needing special protective measures.
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Offences – offensive weapons

The Offensive Weapons Act came into force on 16 May 2019, introducing tough new measures including new prohibitions under the Firearms Act 1968. 
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Offences – parental alienation

The author picks up on the relevance and implications of parental alienation in the Crown Court and points out that parental alienation is not only a family court issue. 
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Proceeds of crime – enforcement in EU member state

A recent appeal related to the proposed enforcement of a confiscation order made under POCA 2002 in another EU member state (Spain). D pleaded guilty to a number of drugs offences and a confiscation order was subsequently made.
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Procedure – CPR

There are procedural developments for practitioners to be aware of.

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Sentencing – terrorism

Stricter laws on terrorism are now in force, including new offences and new powers.

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Offences – upskirting

There is a new ‘upskirting’ offence with effect from 12 April 2019 under the Voyeurism (Offences) Act 2019 which inserts a new s67A into the SOA 2003.

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Sentencing – serious drug offences

The appellant was involved with a serious operation on a commercial scale, so a starting point of 15 years was severe but could not be said to be manifestly excessive.
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