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Monthly Archives: May 2018

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Unlawful Eviction

So called ‘Rogue landlords’ are frequently in the news for allegedly charging tenants too much money, refusing to release a deposit or evicting tenants unlawfully. What is meant by ‘unlawful eviction’? The statutory starting point is the Protection from Eviction Act 1977. Section 1(2) states when someone is guilty of this offence: “If any person [...]

By |May 31st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Environment Agency Penalties

Although some breaches of environmental law amount to criminal offences, not all do. There are a wide range of potential penalties that are quite different to those usually faced for standard criminal offences. Even where a criminal offence has been committed, court action and all that it entails can very often be avoided. It is [...]

By |May 29th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Problems with visual identification evidence

A critical evidential problem for courts is how much weight to place upon identification evidence where that evidence is weak or based on a very brief encounter. You would think that the usual rules apply regarding the jury's verdict; if they are not sure that the defendant has been properly identified as the perpetrator then [...]

By |May 23rd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Stalking

New offences of stalking (in addition to existing offences of harassment) were introduced in 2012. The offences are harassment which involves a course of conduct that amounts to stalking. There are two offences, stalking involving fear of violence and stalking involving serious alarm or distress. What is stalking?  There is no strict definition, but the [...]

By |May 22nd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Drugs Importation

It is common for officers at airports and other ports of entry to intercept people carrying controlled drugs in their luggage, clothing or inside their bodies on behalf of suppliers in foreign jurisdictions. The colloquial term for such people is ‘mule’. They may have been pressured into carrying the drugs or have done so for [...]

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