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New prison punishments introduced

For the first time, Governors will be able to impose “payback punishments” on prisoners who behave badly in jail, such as damaging prison property or being disrespectful to staff. Punishments will vary from prison to prison, but could include repairing broken items,...

The case of the missing prosecutor

The backlog of cases in the criminal courts continues to grow. At the same time, there appears to be a shrinking pool of advocates, in particular barristers, available to prosecute and defend cases. In relation to some of the more specialised work, in particular...

Jury Equity – A verdict of conscience

The recent case of HM Solicitor General v Trudi Warner has shone a light on a little-known but now increasingly prominent issue of "jury equity". The issue is neatly summarised in this part of the judgment: The trial of a number of defendants affiliated with the...

Investigatory Powers Act 2016 – new powers

The Investigatory Powers (Amendment) Act 2024 received Royal Assent on 25 April 2024. The government has described the Act as: 'New laws to protect our citizens from threats such as terrorism and child sexual abuse.' Which will: '...ensure the intelligence services...

Changes in Family Procedure Rules come into force on Monday 29/04/2024 – the impact this will have on new and current court proceedings.

Significant amendments are being brought into force on 29/04/2024 which impact the Family Procedure Rules (FPR), which are the rules that govern the procedures used in family law in England & Wales. One change is in relation to broadening the wording used in court...

Cutting Agents and Drugs Sentencing

It is widespread for drugs to contain an adulterant or cutting agent, and the presence of cutting agents often leads to arguments when it comes to sentencing. There are typically two scenarios. The first is where, during the police investigation, a large amount of...