We regularly review cases and comment on those we find may be of interest. Below you will find our latest case updates.
A judge is not entitled to proceed with a trial after the death of a defendant and verdicts returned in such circumstances are a nullity
The Court of Appeal considers the appropriate sentencing reduction for extreme old age.
Self-defence can be a defence to dangerous driving, in rare circumstances
It is not inappropriate to have a confiscation order run alongside a repayment arrangement. Issues around the sale of a family home are primarily for the enforcement stage.
There is no legal or evidential principle which states that a jury cannot consider a case which depends solely on DNA evidence left on an object by a defendant at a crime scene.
The amount of costs a defendant is ordered to pay after conviction should properly take into account the defendant’s acquittal on at least one count and their limited means and ability to pay any amount of costs ordered.
Consideration of trial in absence for a defendant who suffered a drug induced psychosis mid-trial.
A jury does not need to be satisfied of the truth of each incident when considering propensity; they should consider on all the prosecution evidence if they are satisfied that there is propensity.
Consideration of the meaning of “substantially impaired” in diminished responsibility cases.
Where a defendant is struggling to pay a costs order, properly made in the Crown Court, the correct forum to deal with this is the Magistrates Court; not the Criminal Court of Appeal.
Consideration of the principles that apply to appealing based on the decision in R v Jogee  UKSC 8
A sentencing judge should have regard to the guidelines, applying them in a measured and reflective manner with reference to the maximum sentence at the time of the offence.
A conviction may be unsafe where there is a disclosure failure that significantly undermines the credibility of an important witness.
Whether evidence given in a Newton hearing by one defendant was admissible in a trial against a co-defendant where the trial and the Newton hearing were heard at the same time in the Youth Court.
Piercing the corporate veil in order to include a pecuniary advantage obtained by a defendant's company when calculating his POCA Benefit
Consideration of s.236A of the CJA 2003, the new "Special custodial sentence for certain offenders of particular concern".
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