Welcome to the June 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 (with an occasional series on appeal cases from Scotland) 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 focuses on a current appeal topic - in this edition Liam Walker looks at a recent CACD decision on gross manslaughter and food allergies.
In this issue we also look at:
CACD conviction appeals dealing with criticism of trial counsel, victims of trafficking, fresh evidence, and inconsistent verdicts;
CACD sentencing appeals relating to discretionary life sentences, historic sex offences and youth of offender;
Financial Crime Appeal involving private prosecutions and costs out of central funds;
NICA DPP reference involving historic child sex offences and an elderly offender;
High Court of Judiciary appeal from Scotland on diminished responsibility;
Caribbean Court of Justice decision on life sentences, minimum terms and appellate courts considering matters not before the sentencing judge.
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