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Seizure and Retention of Property in Criminal Investigations and Proceedings.

Posted: 14 March

Police powers in relation to seizure and retention of property concerning a police investigation is covered under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) 1984, section 19. However, all police officers adhere to the regulations outlined in this legislation...

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Balancing Scales: Weighing up the legal issues of Fitness to Plead challenges.

Posted: 29 January

What is fitness to plead? The concept of fitness to plead refers to the ability of a defendant to understand and participate fully in the legal proceedings against them. This can be applicable to those with a mental disorder,...

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Indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Orders.

Posted: 17 January

Overview A Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) is an Order which can be imposed by the Court following conviction for a Sexual Offence as listed in either Schedule 3 or 5 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003. The purpose...

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Overcrowding in Prisons across England and Wales

Posted: 16 November

In October 2023, the Justice secretary announced a greater population within the prison system across England and Wales. This has led to overcrowding and a current record of approximately 88,225 people who are remanded or serving their custodial sentences....

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Modern day slavery and the National Referral Mechanism Process

Posted: 01 November

Modern day slavery is currently defined by the UK Government as the recruitment, movement, harbouring or receiving of children, women or men through the use of force, coercion, abuse of vulnerability, deception or other means for the purpose of...

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How to apply to vary or remove restraining order made in the Magistrates Court

Posted: 10 July

To vary or remove a restraining order made in the Magistrates’ Court you must be a prosecutor, defendant, or any other person in the order. In addition, you must fill out an application and must have a persuasive case...

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Serious Violence Reduction Orders (Pilot Scheme 2023)

Posted: 25 May

April 2023 was the start of the Serious Violence Reduction Orders (SVRO) pilot program. This included four forces: Thames Valley, West Midlands, Merseyside and Sussex. This program will trial the new stop and search powers to target those who...

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Overview of the Appeal process

Posted: 07 March

Appeal against a conviction in the Magistrates’ Court: If someone has a Trial or/and Sentence in the Magistrates’ court and they disagree with the verdict, an appeal can be made against the decision of the Magistrates’. How to make...

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Deputyship Orders

In recent years, the perceived stigma around mental health and health care issues have...

- 17 May 2024

Intervenors in Care Proceedings

In care proceedings, the parties are usually the Local Authority who made the application...

- 29 April 2024

Non-Accidental Injury and Care Proceedings

What happens after Children’s Services becomes involved? Following a referral to Children’s Services in...

- 22 April 2024