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,Nichola Higginslooks at the CACD’s assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on custodial sentences.
In this edition we also look at:
CACD conviction appeal: Gordon Park (Decd), fresh evidence and CCRC references;
CACD sentence appeals: Sentencing children and young people and reduction for youth; mental disorder, hospital and hybrid orders;
Financial Crime Appeals: Certificates of inadequacy;
Northern Ireland: Adams, internment orders and the validity of subsequent convictions; Sentencing for domestic violence; Fresh evidence, ESDA; non-disclosure, entrapment, abuse of process;
Hong Kong appeals: retrials, and elections and corruption;
Caribbean: Sentencing for sex offences, and totality principle.
Doughty Street has some of the most experienced appellate practitioners at the Bar, including the contributors to the leading works on appellate procedure - The Criminal Appeals Handbook, Taylor on Criminal Appeals, Blackstones Criminal Practice (appeals section), Halsbury’s Laws (Appeals).
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