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GPS Electronic Monitoring, Big Brother Will be Watching

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The government has announced a national rollout of GPS electronic tagging which will mean 24/7 location monitoring of those wearing the tag. The tag is now available in three Probation areas; the North West, Midlands and North East. Location monitoring...

New Anti-Terrorism Powers

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The Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019 has completed its parliamentary journey and will, in the main, come in to effect over the next few months. The Home Secretary Sajid Javid claims that the Act: '... ensures sentencing for certain...

Drug Detection and Prisons

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The government has announced that drug detection scanners are being introduced at ten of the “most challenging ” prisons. The technology will be used to detect drugs on clothes, paper and mail. It will be able to detect otherwise invisible...

Voyeurism and 'Upskirting' - Government Acts to Strengthen Law

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The Voyeurism (Offences) (No 2) Bill completed its parliamentary journey on 15th January 2019 and will shortly receive Royal Assent. As the Act will create new criminal offences, the usual convention is that at least two months will pass before the offence...

Causing Death by Dangerous Driving - Sentencing Issues

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In a recent case His Honour Judge Jeremy Richardson QC was faced with the task of sentencing 3 offenders for their part in causing the death of 4 people, and seriously injuring 3 others. The main offender Elliot Bower received a total prison sentence of 11...

Community Protection Notices

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Community Protection Notices (CPNs) are currently attracting a lot of attention from the legal community, and we have many concerns concerning the way in which they are presently being used. In a recent case (Stannard v The Crown Prosecution Service...

Government Unveils New Domestic Abuse Legislation

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On Monday the government unveiled its new strategy to tackle domestic abuse. This follows a consultation exercise carried out last year which drew over 3,000 responses. The new measures are: Introducing the first ever statutory government...

Sleepwalking - Is It A Defence?

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You wake up one morning and the horror of the night before quickly unfolds. Blue lights and uniformed police officers greet you, search your house and find your girlfriend dead in the bathroom. You have no memory of anything happening overnight, and she...

Plead in Haste, Regret at Leisure

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It should go without saying that no plea ought to be entered in any criminal case unless and until the case has been appropriately considered. Regrettably, we see an increasing number of people, who have attended court alone, being pressured into...

End of The Road for Short Prison Sentences?

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The big news story of the weekend was the surprising news that the Prisons Minister is considering whether to abolish the power to impose short prison sentences, those of 6 months or less. Arguing for the need for reform, Mr Stewart told the Daily...

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