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Archive for 11th December 2020

Firearms – New sentencing guidelines from January 2021

Eight new guidelines have been published for Firearms offences following an earlier consultation. The guidelines will come into force on 1 January 2021.

What are sentencing guidelines?

Did you know that e-scooters fall within the definition of a motor vehicle? You would not be alone if you said no. Due to the growing popularity of e-scooters and general ignorance in respect of the laws governing them, the Metropolitan Police have issued an open letter to r...

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Should there be an appeals system for coronavirus fixed penalty notices?

Criminal offences are generally prosecuted through the courts, but from the 1950s onwards, police officers were given the power to issue on-the-spot fines for minor offences. This began with parking offences (which were subsequently decriminalised), but over time the power h...

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Attorney General’s power to refer sentence for being “unduly lenient”

If the Attorney General believes that a sentence is "unduly lenient", or too soft as the newspapers may say, she can ask for the case to be referred back to court to be reconsidered.

This is what happened to Taha Amin. He ...

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Pre-charge engagement between defence and police

New guidelines take effect in the next few weeks, which will promote pre-charge engagement between the defence and police.

What is pre-charge engagement?

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