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Posted by edelegal | 23 March 2018| Blog

The DBS is a government organisation responsible for the reporting of convictions and other information to employers and other relevant organisations.   What Data is Held? The DBS holds three classes of information: Class 1: spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings Class 2: class 1 information plus police intelligence information (for example...

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Posted by edelegal | 19 March 2018| Blog

It can be a temptation to family members, and to others perhaps for financial gain, to seek to convey articles into prisons. The chance of being detected is high and possibly for that reason many who might otherwise be tempted to do so, resist. Section 40CB of the Prison Act 1952 makes it an offence...

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Posted by edelegal | 16 March 2018| Blog

In Entick v Carrington (1765), a case concerning the entry to and searching of premises, the court ruled: “…if this is law it would be found in our books, but no such law ever existed in this country; our law holds the property of every man so sacred, that no man can set his foot...

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Posted by edelegal | 12 March 2018| Blog

In a major announcement, the government has signalled a busy year ahead with legislative changes affecting the criminal law. Following on from the recent announcement about the sentencing of domestic abuse offences, the government has announced further reforms. There will be a new definition of domestic abuse making clear that it applies to all relationships...

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Posted by edelegal | 07 March 2018| Blog

    For many people, facing the prospect of criminal investigation or proceedings is a daunting prospect, one that can often inflict a heavy toll not just on themselves, but also on their loved ones.   It is therefore essential that proper professional support mechanisms are in place at an early stage.   The Golden...

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Posted by edelegal | 05 March 2018| Blog

The unlawful death of a child is always a deeply traumatic act and one that shakes any society to its core. For some parents, it represents not only a deeply personal and tragic loss but the beginning of a nightmare. The reality in most murder and manslaughter cases is that the perpetrator is known, and...

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Posted by edelegal | 02 March 2018| Blog

Knife crime is very much on the political agenda, with a number of stabbings having taken place over the last few weeks, resulting in deaths and injury, and no doubt the loss of liberty in due course for those responsible. Attention is now focussed on using deterrent sentences to discourage knife possession. The Sentencing Council,...

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Posted by edelegal | 26 February 2018| Blog

A former senior police officer, David Duckenfield, who was in charge on the day of the Hillsborough disaster, will this week find out whether prosecution proceedings against him can continue. Prosecutions against others allegedly involved in the Hillsborough tragedy began in July 2017, but Duckenfield’s case is different as earlier proceedings against him were stayed...

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Posted by edelegal | 22 February 2018| Blog

A new domestic abuse sentencing guideline has been published today (22 February), giving courts up to date guidance that emphasises the seriousness of this offending.   What is domestic abuse? There is no specific crime of domestic abuse – it can be a feature of many offences, such as assault, sexual offences or harassment. The...

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Posted by edelegal | 19 February 2018| Blog

Most people know that if you commit a criminal offence in the UK, the police will record details of that offence and any subsequent sentence so that it is revealed during any future PNC (Police National Computer) check.   But what about offending abroad, can that be kept a secret? The answer depends on where...

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