Happy new year and welcome to the January 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 I look at the potential impact on appeals of the recent “non-disclosure” cases of Liam Allan and Issac Itiary, as well as recent CACD cases considering when a misdirection affects safety, the relevance of mental disorder to “circumstances of the defendant” in loss of control, and fresh evidence from Facebook.Richard Thomas reviews the latest Hong Kong cases on criticism of trial counsel and alternative defences, and non-disclosure. It is hoped that the Northern Ireland and Caribbean case summaries will return in the next issue.
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Doughty Street Chambers is thrilled and proud to announce that Paul Taylor and Katy Thorne will be appointed Queen’s Counsel in a ceremony at Westminster Hall on 26 February 2018, when the Lord Chancellor will present them with their Letters Patent on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.