Welcome to the May edition of our Criminal Appeals Bulletin.
The Bulletin aims to highlight recent changes in case law and procedure, and to provide practical guidance to those advising on appellate matters. In our new case law section we have selected cases from England, Wales and Northern Ireland that illustrate when an appellate court is likely to interfere with conviction or sentence, and procedural matters.
In this edition we look at recent CACD’s decisions dealing with prejudicial publicity as a ground of appeal, and the extent to which the extreme age of an appellant will be a mitigating factor when sentencing. Tim Moloney QC looks at a recent NICA case relating to criticism of trial counsel (see the dedicated section on Northern Ireland cases), and there is an analysis of the potential impact of the investigation into data tampering at Randox.
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