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Posted by edelegal | 13 November 2017| Blog

A two-week gun amnesty begins today across the UK. In this period people will have an opportunity to dispose of firearms and ammunition safely, with ‘no questions asked’. Who are the police reaching out to? The amnesty is directed at two distinct groups of people, firstly those who know they are in possession of illegal...

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Posted by edelegal | 11 November 2017| Blog

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has abandoned its’ challenge to the April 2017 Court of Appeal decision, which ruled that legal aid cuts for prisoners were unlawful because they were “inherently unfair”. Vulnerable Prisoners There were major cuts to Legal Aid imposed in 2013, following the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012...

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Posted by edelegal | 10 November 2017| Blog, Uncategorized

The Parole Board celebrates its’ 50th birthday, having been created by the Criminal Justice Act 1967. The initial purpose of the Board was to advise ministers on the release of life sentenced prisons.  Over time, the Board has developed to be a court-like body which orders the release of prisoners. Between 2016- 2017, there were...

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Posted by edelegal | 08 November 2017| Blog, Uncategorized

In December 2016 two men were convicted of manslaughter following an avoidable brake failure that resulted in the deaths of four people, including a young girl. Neither of the men drove the vehicle, but they were ultimately responsible, as the haulage boss and mechanic. One was sentenced to 7 ½ years, the other to 5...

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Posted by edelegal | 06 November 2017| Blog

‘Laughing gas’ more properly known as Nitrous Oxide, is back in the news following a Court of Appeal ruling that the substance is controlled by the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016. The Act makes it an offence to possess psychoactive substances with intent to supply, and in limited cases, simple possession is also an offence. The...

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Posted by edelegal | 01 November 2017| Blog

Or, at least it does according to Elton John. But in criminal law, sometimes a simple act of contrition, genuinely felt and communicated, can alter a case outcome significantly. A timely admission and expression of sorrow can make the difference between a formal resolution such as caution or charge, and persuade the police to consider...

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Posted by edelegal | 23 October 2017| Blog

Police forces across England and Wales are preparing for a rollout of ‘Body-worn Cameras’, and the government has announced that prison officers will shortly be assisted by this new technology.   What are Body-worn Cameras? BWCs are small recording devices, very similar to a GoPro, which allows for constant audio and video recording in an...

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Posted by edelegal | 20 October 2017| Blog

For many offenders, a prison sentence is a grim reality, a punishment that must be served, often impacting not only on a single individual but in many cases their family. So, when the day of release comes, it is a significant moment, the door on punishment closed and a time to draw a line under...

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Posted by edelegal | 18 October 2017| Blog

  Over the last few days, the government has announced proposals to introduce new offences and increase sentencing for a range of other offences. One of our criminal law experts, Stephanie Brownlees, explains the proposals.   Knife crime Knife crime increased by 20% in the last year, prompting the government to look again at key...

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Posted by edelegal | 11 October 2017| Blog

Many people convicted before magistrates feel aggrieved at the outcome, and wish to consider an appeal. A grievance may arise because they think that their case was not prepared correctly, or that the court reached the wrong result. For many people, a conviction could be a major barrier to employment or travel overseas, even where...

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