Welcome to the December 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, and 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.
The featured article focuses on a current appeal topic. In this edition Hayley Douglas looks at the impact of Covid on sentencing appeals and seeking leave out of time.
Also in this issue – Daniella Waddoup analyses a recent Privy Council decision which considered the fairness of criminal trials conducted remotely, and Joel Bennathan QC delights in a Court of Appeal judgment on financial crime that “addresses and resolves numerous legal principles in clear and direct terms”!
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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