Crime Newsletter #4 – June 2020

June 3, 2020

In the fourth instalment of the crime newsletter:

Protecting the Police Pursuer
In May 2019 police drivers involved in crashes were to be given increased protection from prosecution under new laws according to the government, following the Home Office Consultation in 2018. In this article, Richard Littler QC considers whether any change to the legislation will provide protection and reassurance for police pursuers

Guidance on the submission of Crown Court LAA claims
Following on from Fiona Clancy’s article in the last issue regarding the Criminal Legal Aid Regulations surrounding PPE, Damian Nolan discusses other practical aspects relating to the submission of PPE claims.

When is a conspiracy not a conspiracy?
Stella Hayden examines the recent case of R v Johnson (Ryan) [2020] EWCA Crim 482 in which the Court of Appeal considered the scope of criminal conspiracy.

The Domestic Abuse Bill – Decimation of the “Rough Sex” Defence?
Caroline Abraham provides a note on the long-awaited Domestic Abuse Bill recently debated at second reading that proposes to extend protection to victims of domestic abuse.

Personal Mitigation in Police Misconduct Cases
In this article, Julian King discusses the importance and relevance of personal mitigation in Police Misconduct cases, with reference to the new regulations and a number of significant cases.

Innocent until proven guilty? 
Eddison Flint looks at the right to privacy whilst under criminal investigation with reference to Richard v British Broadcasting Corporation and another [2018] EWHC 1837 (Ch). [2019] Ch. 169

Victim Personal Statements and categorisation in sentencing exercises
Alexandra Sutton considers the probative weight of victim personal statements with reference to the recent case of Karan Panta [2020] EWCA Crim 633.

Keeping clients out of custody during Covid-19 – Practical options available to the Defence
In this article, criminal pupil Harriet Lavin discusses recent and relevant case law which can assist the defence at four different stages of the criminal justice system: obtaining bail, opposing CTL extensions, suspending sentences and early release from custody for those already convicted.

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