Welcome to the February 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 (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.
In this edition we look at:
CACD conviction appeals dealing with victim trafficking, CCRC references and “substantial injustice” and bad character evidence.
An Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal decision on attempted murder, joint enterprise and the proviso;
A Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland decision on historic sexual offences, Makanjuola direction and the task of the Court of Appeal.
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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