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Posted by edelegal | 02 July 2020| Blog

The capacity of digital devices to store vast amounts of information presents issues for law enforcement and prosecutors. Over the last few years we have seen many instances of non-disclosure of key evidence, and at the same time victim advocates have complained that police investigations are overly intrusive and act as a deterrent to people...

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Posted by edelegal | 02 July 2020| Blog

In a startling announcement, Justice Secretary Robert Buckland admitted that the right to a jury trial is in his sights and might be curtailed in a few weeks time.   Before the Coronavirus pandemic, the Crown Court case backlog was approximately 39,000 cases. Since lockdown, that number has grown considerably as only a trickle of...

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Posted by edelegal | 02 July 2020| Blog

We frequently need to consider the use of force by police officers when arresting or otherwise dealing with suspects. In the year ending March 2018, there were 469,000 recorded incidents of the use of force by police officers, ranging from the use of handcuffs to firearms. That figure is considered by some to be much...

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Posted by edelegal | 18 June 2020| Blog

The recent case of Jay Davison acts as a stark reminder of the consequences that can flow if hate material is published.   Davison was convicted of three offences of publishing material with intent to stir up racial hatred, for which he was subsequently sentenced to a period of four years’ imprisonment to run concurrently...

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Posted by edelegal | 18 June 2020| Blog

As we slowly exit the Covid19 ‘lockdown’ we have seen several protests in major cities. As life moves toward a more ‘normal’ footing, whatever that may be, and as we enter the Summer months, protest action may likely increase.   In this article, we explore some of the legal powers that regulate processions and assemblies,...

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Posted by edelegal | 10 June 2020| Blog

In cases where there is more than one defendant, it is a common scenario that one of more pleads guilty, perhaps at an early stage, but others continue their case to trial.   A question then arises as to whether those who have pleaded guilty earlier should be sentenced immediately, or at some other point....

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Posted by edelegal | 09 June 2020| Blog

On Sunday 7 June protesters in Bristol tore down the statue of Edward Colston and swiftly deposited it in the local harbour.   The statute had been in situ for 125 years and had previously attracted a petition of over 10,000 names calling for its removal, due to Colston’s close connection to the slave trade....

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Posted by edelegal | 08 June 2020| Blog

Although there is a general principle of open justice, that those who appear in court can be reported on, there are some exceptions.   It is a contempt of court to publish anything to the public which creates a substantial risk that the course of justice in the proceedings will be seriously impeded or prejudiced,...

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Posted by edelegal | 03 June 2020| Blog

As the Coronavirus crisis has forced almost everyone to spend more time at home, home deliveries have rocketed as people have been forced to shop online. While this means that many people will be at home to receive deliveries, there have been reports of organised criminal activity to steal parcels and other items of value....

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Posted by edelegal | 27 May 2020| Blog

On 20 October 2018 police on uniformed patrol identified a vehicle of interest to them. They followed it for a short distance before causing it to stop. A Mr Jenkins was the driver and a female, Ms Price, was in the front passenger seat. On searching the vehicle, a stun gun was found in the...

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