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Topic: PDS advice

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022

What are the recent changes to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022.

Fact find hearings shouldn’t be under-estimated

Lloyd Jenkins reports on a recent ‘Trial of the Facts’ or a ‘Fact Find’ hearing as they are more commonly known.

Lloyd Jenkins wins at the Court of Appeal

Lloyd Jenkins, solicitor advocate at the PDS, recently appeared before the Court of Appeal, with leave of the Single Judge, to appeal a sentence of 18 months immediate custody imposed at a local crown court in January 2022.

What are the changes to sentencing for burglary offences?

Revised sentencing guidelines for domestic, non-domestic and aggravated burglary offences in England and Wales, will come into effect on 1 July 2022.

The only way is up – sentencing surcharge increased

The sentencing surcharge required by a court, when dealing with an individual for one or more offence has increased.

Dangerous driving appeals – R v Shamami [2022] EWCA Crim 351

In the recent case of R v Shamami [2022] EWCA Crim 351, the Court of Appeal considered an appeal against the imposition of a six-year driving disqualification for dangerous driving.

Don’t even think of handling your mobile phone whilst driving

On 25 March 2022, the regulations regarding the use of a hand-held mobile phone or other interactive communication device will be widened to include the use of any mobile telephone or interactive communication device held in the hand whilst driving.

Physical punishment – ‘A thin line between reasonable chastisement and assault’

The 21 March 2022 was a historic day in Wales. As of this date, physically punishing children became illegal.

Youth Defendants in the Crown Court

Judicial College publishes updated version of the Youth Defendants in the Crown Court bench book

When a 6 month prison sentence is simply not enough

It’s always struck me as odd that a youth can receive a maximum sentence of 2 years detention, by way of a Detention & Training Order, in the Youth Court.