Welcome to the November edition of our monthly Criminal Appeals Bulletin.
The Bulletin aims to highlight recent changes in case law and procedure in England and Wales, Northern Ireland, the Caribbean and Hong Kong and to provide practical guidance to those advising on appellate matters. Our monthly case summaries illustrate when an appellate court is likely to interfere with conviction or sentence, as well as looking at the courts’ approach to procedural matters. The featured article provides an in depth commentary on a current appeal topic.
In this edition James Wood QCputs out a personal plea to the Court of Appeal to take on digital media organization and “fake news” outlets. I look at recent CACD decisions dealing the improper use of ABE transcripts, directions on an absent witness’s evidence, substitution of hospital orders for imprisonment, the impact of changes in the law since sentence, and the meaning of “unduly lenient” in AG references.Tim Moloney QC considers at the NICA’s approach to post Jogee appeal following a guilty plea, and minimum terms for murder. Richard Thomaslooks at Hong Kong cases involving the mens rea for bribery, aggravating factors in sentencing and the extent of a costs application. It is hoped that the Caribbean section will return in the next issue.
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