This article was posted in March 2020, shortly after the initial changes came into force.
On Wednesday 25th March 2020 the Coronavirus Bill completed all its parliamentary stages, and Royal Assent was signified. This brings in to force an unprecedented piece of emergency legislation.
The purpose of the Coronavirus Act is to enable the Government to respond to an emergency situation and manage...Read More
This article was posted in March 2020, shortly after the initial restrictions were imposed.
At 2 pm on Saturday 21 March 2020, the Government introduced further measures to help fight the Covid 19 pandemic. A law came into force which forced the closure of some businesses. On 23rd March, the Government announced further measures, closing a number of other businesses.
This law was enacted by...Read More
Peter Marrable was summonsed to court for speeding. The allegation was that he had driven at 72mph in a temporary 50mph zone.
The police produced evidence of the speed from a ‘Trucam’ device that was approved, calibrated and operating correctly.
Mr Marrable produced evidence from a GPS tracker that was fitted to his company vehicle. The tracker showed a speed of 53-54mph.
There has been much media talk recently about how there can be a prosecution without a victim, or without cooperation from the victim or chief witness.
The starting point is that no prosecution can go ahead unless there is a realistic prospect of conviction. However, the way the prosecution case is formulated remains a matter for the Crown Prosecution to decide.
There are a number of common...Read More
A new series on Netflix, ‘The Stranger‘, is receiving rave reviews, with viewers keen to discover the secret being kept from lawyer Adam Price, as the search continues for his missing wife. There are many sub-plots along the way, including the blackmail of several individuals keen to suppress unsavoury stories making their way into the public domain.
What is...Read More
Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has written to NHS staff voicing his concern in relation to the use of violence against emergency workers. Hancock’s approach mirrors that taken last year by police chiefs worried about the rise in violence used towards police officers.
Why is it needed?
Last year’s NHS Staff Survey revealed that 15% of NHS staff and 34% of...Read More
For many people, keeping animals as pets is hugely enjoyable. Many people go to great lengths to look after their pets. However, not everybody does, and there are occasions when the courts have to intervene.
Section 34 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 states that a court may make an order disqualifying a defendant from keeping animals.
When can the order be made?
The defendant must have been...Read More
Pre-sentence reports are an important tool to help Judges and Magistrates when it comes to sentencing. In some cases, a court must order a pre-sentence report (s 156 Criminal Justice Act 2003). A report will be appropriate in many instances when it is not a legal requirement.
The primary purpose of a report is to:
‘…assist the court in determining the most suitable method of...Read More
Online abuse is an ever increasing issue before the Courts. In Chabloz v Crown Prosecution Service EWHC 3094 (Admin) the High Court dealt definitively with several highly technical legal challenges concerning Communications Act defences.
On 25 May 2018 at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, Alison Chabloz, was convicted of three offences under section 127(1)(a) and (b) of the Communications Act...Read More
When people think about drink-driving or drug-driving, it is often based on a narrative that involves a man, leaving a pub late at night, driving erratically and being stopped by the police. This scenario is sometimes the backdrop to an arrest for drink or drug driving offences. However, more often, the story is quite different.
The morning after the night before
The morning after the night...Read More