PDS Advocacy Unit

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018

On 13 November 2018, new provisions came into force when dealing with an assault on staff. The Crown Prosecution Service have also released new charging guidance for dealing with these offences and all practitioners will need to be up to date with the change in the law.   Changes?   Section 1(2) of the Act… Read more

Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA)

  Recently at Southampton Crown Court, Stephen Nicholson, a suspect in a murder investigation, pleaded guilty to a charge under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA). It was alleged that he had failed to provide his Facebook password which obstructed the police in their investigations. So does a suspect have to provide their password… Read more

We are recruiting Higher Courts Advocates

The Public Defender Service are seeking to recruit eight experienced criminal Higher Courts Advocates. As a qualified Barrister or Solicitor-Advocate, you will be passionate about criminal law and have substantial experience in providing advice and representation in the Higher Courts. You will demonstrate advanced advocacy skills in a wide range of complex, serious and sensitive… Read more

Sentencing Guideline – Reduction in Sentence for a Guilty Plea

Sentencing Guideline – Reduction in Sentence for a Guilty Plea Simon Perkins 1. The Definitive Sentencing Guideline on Reduction in Sentence for Guilty Pleas came into effect on 1 June 2017 and is applicable both in Magistrates’ and the Crown Court to cases whose first appearance was on or after that date. The Guideline explicitly… Read more

Children First Gloucestershire

Children First is an initiative that has been effective since 1st January 2018 in the Gloucestershire area. The aim is to divert young people from the criminal justice system. The objectives are early intervention, practical and effective partnership working, information sharing and the progressive replacement of criminalising sanctions with restorative practice approaches in child offender… Read more

Terrorism Offences Sentencing Guidelines Change 27th April 2018

On 27th April 2018 sentencing guidelines for terrorism offences came into force. These were published in March and have been introduced to deal with the changing nature of terrorist offending and to ensure that courts have the guidance needed to deal with such cases to punish offenders and disrupt their activities.   As the offending… Read more

New Domestic Abuse Guidelines

The Sentencing Council have released a definitive guideline for dealing with matters involving domestic abuse. A copy of the guideline can be found here:SC_Domestic_Abuse_Paper. Whilst the guideline is not due to come into force until May, it can be expected that Courts will begin to follow the guideline from today. It is therefore essential reading… Read more

Public Defender Service Achieve Lexcel Accreditation

The Public Defender Service are delighted to have been awarded Lexcel accreditation. Lexcel is the Law Society’s legal practice quality mark and is only awarded to those in the legal profession who are able to demonstrate the highest standards of practice management and client care. The Lexcel accreditation is an important award for us as… Read more