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Human trafficking and modern slavery defences

‘Camera, Lights, Action’ – Open justice has arrived with televised sentencing

BBC, ITN & Sky finally get their landmark moment with crown court sentencing remarks now being televised for the first time ever.

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022

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

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.

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.

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.

Harper’s Law to protect emergency workers

The protection of emergency workers looks set to become law and hand tougher sentences to people convicted of assaulting emergency workers.

The Sentencing Code 2020

The Sentencing Act 2020 or ‘the Sentencing Code’, as it is often referred to, came into force on 1 December 2020 and applies to all those convicted on or after this date.