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Bite Mark Evidence – Part One

What is bite mark evidence?

A bite mark is a pattern produced by the indentations of the teeth into any substance capable of being marked.

It is argued ...

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Line of Duty – The Acronym

The new series of the BBC's Line of Duty is back on our screens, with another battle ahead for the police against serious organised crime.

For those new to this drama, the first episode may well have been very confusing. T...

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Good character as mitigation

What is good character?

As far as the criminal courts are concerned, a person of good character is usually someone without convictions or cautions recorded against them. It is of particular relevance in a ...

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Encrochat

A vast number of cases are awaiting a criminal trial that will rely, to a greater or lesser extent, on the admissibility of communications made via the supposedly highly encrypted Encrochat service.

The Court of Appeal has...

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Custody Time Limits & Young Defendants – MOJ exempt children from extended custody time limits

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the government introduced changes to the custody time limit regulations that extended the custody time limits in the Crown Court by two months to address ongoing delays in the crim...

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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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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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Failure to provide a specimen of breath – what you need to know

Failure to provide a specimen of breath

Section 7 Road Traffic Act 1988 states that a person who, without reasonable excuse, Read More