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10th Jun 2022Newsletters

Breaching Coronavirus Regulations: Parties v Protests

In the wake of party-gate and the Sue Gray report, breaching Coronavirus regulations by gathering is once again headline news. The report found that numerous parties took place at No.10 Downing Street throughout the pandemic, involving senior government ministers, including the Prime Minister (for which he has already accepted a fine). The report comes less […]

10th Jun 2022Newsletters

R v Collins, Lewis and Jaffer 2022: Sentencing Police for Misconduct in Public Office

Last week the Court of Appeal handed down a judgment scrutinising the principles that apply when sentencing a police officer for misconduct in public office. The decision will be of particular legal and general interest at a time when public confidence in the police has been challenged. The judgment recognises this, emphasising the sanctity of […]

10th Jun 2022Newsletters

Draft Guidelines on Sale of Knives to Persons Under the Age of Eighteen

On 1st June 2022, the Sentencing Council (“the Council”) published two draft sentencing guidelines for consultation – one for organisations, the other for individuals – for sentencing those convicted of selling knives (and razor blades, axes and other bladed articles) to persons under the age of eighteen, contrary to s.141A of the Criminal Justice Act […]

10th Jun 2022Newsletters

Vulnerable Victims – Sexual Offences Sentencing Guidelines

The definitive sentencing guidelines on sentencing sexual offences involves a step-by-step process where first the sentencing judge has to determine the starting point by identifying the correct category of harm caused by the offence (ranging from Category 1 – 3) and thereafter the degree of culpability of the offender (Culpability A or B).  The starting […]

10th Jun 2022Newsletters

STARTING POINTS In Cases of Murder – Sentencing Act 2020, Schedule 21

INTRODUCTION In most sentencing exercises in cases of murder selecting the correct statutory starting point ought to be relatively straightforward, before the sentencer settles upon the minimum term having regard to the various aggravating and mitigating factors which may apply.  However, as two recent cases in my experience demonstrate that is not always so in […]