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Posted by edelegal | 14 February 2018| Blog

It is often said that there is no such thing as a dangerous dog, only a dangerous owner. While we often refer to ‘dangerous dogs’ in criminal law, the actual offences relate to dogs ‘dangerously out of control’. Section 10 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 states that: ‘a dog shall be regarded as dangerously...

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Posted by edelegal | 12 February 2018| Blog

The government this week announced that West Yorkshire Police has signed up to a new identity checking service. The new service, already being used in a select number of force areas, with a further 20 going live before the end of this year, will remove the need for suspects to be taken to a police...

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Posted by edelegal | 08 February 2018| Blog

Many in the medical profession are up in arms following a recent High Court case involving Dr Bawa-Garba (General Medical Council v Bawa-Garba [2018] EWHC 76 (Admin). The case followed on from proceedings before the Medical Practitioners Tribunal which had rules that Bawa-Garba should be suspended from practice for a period of one-year. That ruling...

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Posted by edelegal | 05 February 2018| Blog

In a legal challenge brought by the MP Tom Watson, and supported by campaign group Liberty, the High Court ruled that a major plank of the government’s surveillance strategy is unlawful (Secretary of State for the Home Department v Watson MP & Ors [2018] EWCA Civ 70).   When Theresa May was Home Secretary, she...

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Posted by edelegal | 01 February 2018| Blog

“Revenge porn”, the criminal act of posting online intimate sexual pictures/video of a person without their consent, carries a potential prison sentence of up to 2 years, so already there is every reason to think twice before exacting this type of revenge on a former lover.   However, celebrity vlogger Chrissy Chambers has taken the...

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Posted by edelegal | 29 January 2018| Blog

On 31st January 2018, regulations bring into force sections of The Criminal Finances Act 2017 dealing with unexplained wealth orders (UWOs), along with various other related provisions.   The purpose of this new order is to allow for certain people who obtain property which would ordinarily be beyond their obvious means, to be required to...

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Posted by edelegal | 24 January 2018| Blog

Redemption has always been an important part of our justice system; you do the crime, you do time. Once your debt is paid, you should then be free to start again, without forever being haunted by ghosts of the past.   We all recognise that there must be limits to this principle, so if convicted...

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Posted by edelegal | 23 January 2018| Blog

In criminal law, we talk a lot about character, but mainly in the context of ‘bad character’, or previous convictions that the prosecution will try to put before a jury to persuade them of the defendant’s guilt. After all, if he’s done it before, he is more likely to have committed this crime too, is...

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Posted by edelegal | 17 January 2018| Blog

We are all aware that we live in a surveillance society. CCTV cameras can record our movements around large towns and cities, and many homes now have them installed for protection.   Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras take a snapshot of car number plates and can not only monitor average speed for road traffic enforcement...

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Posted by edelegal | 15 January 2018| Blog

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are never far from the news, mainly when the value is rising considerably. This week the price of a single bitcoin rose to a little over £10,000.   It is an odd ‘currency’, as it is not backed by any government, and certainly not by an underlying gold stock.   It...

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