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Posted by edelegal | 11 June 2019| Blog

With much fanfare, ‘Finn’s Law’ came in to force on 8th June 2019, following the implementation of the Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Act 2019.   The 2019 Act makes a straightforward amendment to section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.   What was the problem?   Section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act creates...

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Posted by edelegal | 05 June 2019| Blog

Most people know that a driving ban may follow for serious road traffic offences or a series of lower-level traffic crimes as a result of ‘totting up’. Few of our client’s know that disqualifications can follow in other cases if a vehicle is used to facilitate the commission of an offence.   What is the...

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Posted by edelegal | 03 June 2019| Blog

A District Judge sitting at Westminster Magistrates’ Court last week authorised that a summons be issued against the prominent conservative member of parliament, Boris Johnson.   The allegations relate to alleged conduct during the Brexit referendum campaign and in particular the £350m per week for the NHS slogan that adorned the side of campaign buses....

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Posted by edelegal | 29 May 2019| Blog

The government has conducted a review of the process for prisoners to be released on temporary licence (ROTL); the drive behind the changes being the rehabilitation of offenders.   Research has shown that working in the community prior to release significantly reduces the likelihood of re-offending, and ex-offenders in employment are up to nine percentage...

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Posted by edelegal | 29 May 2019| Blog

Few people would disagree with the suggestion that sentencing law in England and Wales is a complete mess. The provisions that govern how a defendant is to be sentenced are both complex and disparate and to be found across a significant number of statutes.   Why does this matter?   Research has shown that thousands...

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Posted by edelegal | 23 May 2019| Blog

In criminal law, we use two different standards of proof, the most well known is ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ (although these days expressed as ‘so that you are sure’), and the balance of probabilities.   The latter standard of proof gets less attention but is nonetheless of critical importance in criminal cases. Whilst we hear the...

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Posted by edelegal | 20 May 2019| Blog

On 16th May 2019 the controversial Offensive Weapons bill received Royal Assent, bringing into law the Offensive Weapons Act 2019.   Why was this law passed?   This legislation has been passed in order to assist in stemming the current problems in relation to knife crime and other serious offending involving weapons, whether it will...

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Posted by edelegal | 15 May 2019| Blog

The government has passed legislation which permits for the first time a new traffic camera which will assist in catching those motorists using closed lanes on the motorway network.   The Secretary of State grants type approval only to devices that have a high degree of accuracy and reliability in performance. This is assessed through...

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Posted by edelegal | 13 May 2019| Blog

This perennial question was back in the news following a ministry of justice announcement that further steps would be taken to root out dishonest prison officers and others working in custodial institutions.   A new counter-corruption unit will be tasked with ‘proactively [purusing] those suspected of corrupt activity in prison and probation services across England...

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Posted by edelegal | 08 May 2019| Blog

The idea of speed limits causes immense confusion, with many people believing that the speed limit is at least the minimum speed you should ordinarily drive at.   Most of us have experienced the rage of a motorist behind us if we adhere to the limit, and a step below it to any degree can...

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