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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.

Judicial Review and Courts Act 2022

Section 13 of the Act provides that from Monday, 2nd May, 2022, a magistrates’ court may impose a sentence of 12 months’ imprisonment for a single offence that is triable either way, in place of the current maximum of 6 months’ imprisonment.

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022 (PCSC)

The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill attracted much publicity as it progressed through the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

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.

‘One-way communication is entirely sufficient’

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.

Expect privacy whilst subject to a criminal investigation

Not that long ago, police were investigating a sexual assault allegation made against Sir Cliff Richard. The investigation and police raid of his home address was widely reported in the press, yet he was never arrested or charged.

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.

Historic sex offences, sentenced today

Here’s another interesting case concerning that complicated area of advising clients convicted of historic sex offences and the likely sentence they’ll receive today.

Historic sex offences and the significance of age at the time of offending

The Court of Appeal recently considered the case of R v Limon [2022] EWCA Crim 39 which presented a raft of interesting legal points.