Archives: Crime

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Legal aid – training

June 2021 | Crime

New training material for criminal defence lawyers has gone live on the LAA’s dedicated training and support website, Legal Aid Learning (https://legalaidlearning.justice.gov.uk). The platform has been set up following user research and is being propagated by guidance, webinars and similar training resources. Training materials available now include crime billing; crime applications; criminal finance; and the …

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Murder – evidence

June 2021 | Crime

D’s appeal against his murder conviction, which followed simmering gang tensions and violence, was rejected. D was sentenced to 14 years after being convicted of murdering an 18-year-old who died after being stabbed once with a large kitchen knife. Though he had left the scene, he went to the police station a few days later …

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Sexual offences – children

May 2021 | Crime

What is the correct approach to sentencing offences against children under the SOA 2003, when no sexual activity took place, eg because the child is a fiction, or D failed to persuade the child to engage in sexual activity or was thwarted in his attempts? This was the focus in an appeal in which six …

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Digital disclosure – guidance

May 2021 | Crime

A high proportion of criminal cases contain large volumes of digital data. The publication of newly updated disclosure guidelines from the AG’s office is to be welcomed – particularly in view of recent events. The guidance, last updated back in 2013, makes clear that digital devices should not be obtained by investigators or prosecutors ‘as …

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Sentencing – directors’ disqualification

May 2021 | Crime

D’s eight-year disqualification under s2 Company Directors’ Disqualification Act 1986 for fraud was intended to be punitive and was appropriate and proportionate. D was appealing his convictions for fraud by abuse of position and fraudulent trading, and was sentenced to a prison term of six years and disqualified for eight years. He was an experienced …

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