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Getting Tough on Breach of Court Orders

Today (7 June 2018), the Sentencing Council has published new guidelines for judges and magistrates for when they are sentencing offenders who have breached court orders. The guidelines provide a clear approach which will mean a tightening up of the way...

Environment Agency Prosecutions And The Penalties For A Breach

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...

The Defence Of Duress - When You Had No Choice

There is a defence in law known as necessity or duress of circumstances. It can be very difficult to demonstrate and will only apply in unusual and extreme circumstances. It is used to describe a situation where someone is forced by the demands of the...

Getting Tough on Public Disorder

The Sentencing Council, which is the body responsible for setting sentencing guidelines in England and Wales, has today published proposed new guidelines with respect to public order offences. What offences are covered? The guidelines will...

Disabled Woman's Extradition To Poland Refused: Oppressive And Unjust

A wheelchair-bound woman represented by the Extradition Team at Lansbury Worthington successfully resisted her extradition to Poland, with the Westminster Magistrates’ Court’s finding that it would be oppressive, unjust and disproportionate...

Dowry Law 'Blackmail' Extradition Request Rejected: No Dual Criminality

A request by the Indian Government for the extradition of a man, represented by the Lansbury Worthington's Extradition Team led by Giovanna Fiorention , for an alleged offence of blackmail has been rejected. The conduct related to alleged dowry law...

Driving Offence - Do I Need To Say Who Was Driving?

It may be an offence to fail to provide information as the identity of a driver when you receive a written request to do so from (or on behalf of) the police. If convicted, you face a hefty fine and 6 penalty points.   How long do they have to make...

The Parole Board - A Period of Rapid Change

Following the Parole Board decision to release John Worboys, the taxi driver rapist, there has been a review of its functions, in particular a review of Rule 25 of the Parole Board Rules 2016 that prevented the Parole Board disclosing any information...

I'm Going to Court - Will My Name Appear in Newspapers?

If you are over 17 years of age, the easiest answer is that it could. These days, press reporting via social media can happen very quickly and it is often one of the things not thought about by those facing criminal proceedings. Youth Court Anyone aged...

When a fine is imposed in the Crown Court

In the crown court, while a fine is not the most common punishment meted out, when they are imposed they tend to be very large.   Do I have to pay the fine all at once? Sometimes a court will order full payment (and may give a period of time for...
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