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Monthly Archives: January 2019

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Sleepwalking – Is It A Defence?

You wake up one morning and the horror of the night before quickly unfolds. Blue lights and uniformed police officers greet you, search your house and find your girlfriend dead in the bathroom. You have no memory of anything happening overnight, and she was alive and well when you went to sleep. You are arrested [...]

By |January 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Plead in Haste, Regret at Leisure

It should go without saying that no plea ought to be entered in any criminal case unless and until the case has been appropriately considered. Regrettably, we see an increasing number of people, who have attended court alone, being pressured into entering a plea without having had the advantage of legal advice. It is vital [...]

By |January 16th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Soubry and the Nazi Slur – An Offence?

Was it an offence to accuse Anna Soubry of being a Nazi whilst she was broadcasting on Sky News? Potentially, is the answer. The Public Order Act 1986 contains the most likely candidates for any prosecution, in sections 4, 4A, and 5. These sections deal with ‘lower level’ public order offences. What are those provisions? [...]

By |January 10th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Parental Dilemmas That Could Land You in Prison

It is a nightmare scenario that potentially any parent could face. A child returns home, late at night in an agitated state. He hurriedly tells you that he has been in a fight, it wasn't his fault, but someone has been hurt, badly. Further details are not forthcoming, but he thinks the police will be [...]

By |January 7th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Simple Adjournment?

In criminal practice and procedure, you might think that the humble adjournment is a relatively simple and straightforward matter, but you would be wrong. A little like buses, never available when you want one, yet, when you don't want a case delayed the court always appear happy to work against you. But in reality, the [...]

By |January 2nd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments