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Monthly Archives: February 2018

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Hillsborough Prosecutions

A former senior police officer, David Duckenfield, who was in charge on the day of the Hillsborough disaster, will this week find out whether prosecution proceedings against him can continue. Prosecutions against others allegedly involved in the Hillsborough tragedy began in July 2017, but Duckenfield's case is different as earlier proceedings against him were stayed [...]

By |February 26th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What Happens in Rome, May Not Stay in Rome

Most people know that if you commit a criminal offence in the UK, the police will record details of that offence and any subsequent sentence so that it is revealed during any future PNC (Police National Computer) check. But what about offending abroad, can that be kept a secret? The answer depends on where the [...]

By |February 19th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dogs – Avoiding a Death Penalty

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 [...]

By |February 17th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Police Roll Out Portable Identity Checking

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 [...]

By |February 14th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Doctors in the Dock

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 [...]

By |February 7th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Government Snooping Ruled Unlawful

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 brought [...]

By |February 6th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments