Crime Newsletter – April 2020

April 8, 2020

In the first edition of the crime newsletter:

Changes brought in by the new Police Conduct Regulations 2020
In this article, Richard Littler QC focuses on the changes within the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2020 and the accompanying Home Office Guidance (in draft form).

An interesting problem…
By CJA 2003 (repealing part of the 1998 PCC(S) Act), a Judge has no power to make a ‘new’ sentence consecutive to the recalled sentence. Ian Harris investigates this issue with reference to recent case examples.

Unexplained Wealth Orders
This article from Damian Nolan discusses Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWOs) introduced by section 1 of the Criminal Finances Act 2017.

A Practical Guide To  POCA & Unused Material: A Defence Perspective
In this article, Ian Whitehurst demonstrates that the cornerstone of defending in confiscation proceedings is the same as in relation to the substantive proceedings, disclosure is a key facet

Recent Court of Appeal Cases
David Temkin provides an overview of recent Court of Appeal Cases.

A Step Too Far? Recent Applications of Emergency Legislation
Eddison Flint looks at the recent applications of Emergency Legislation arising from these unprecedented times.

“But it’s not fair!” – procedural error and fairness in confiscation proceedings
Alexandra Sutton reflects on a case involving procedural error in a POCA matter and the legal argument that followed.

For your amusement…
In these gloomy, uncertain times Sean Smith shares an amusing tale, ‘What would you do for a fiver?’, Adrian Farrow offers his feedback on virtual hearings in the Crown Court and Richard Littler QC provides entertainment, music and humour to brighten the days!

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