Welcome to the November edition of our 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 I look at the recent use of pardons issued under the Royal Prerogative of Mercy.
We also look at appeals involving the admissibility of Facebook and social media; CCTV identification evidence; Victim Trafficking and the statutory defence; submission of no case to answer and autrefois convict.
Recent guidance from the Criminal Appeal Office on electronic bundles is reproduced at the end of this issue.
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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I hope you and your families are keeping safe and well.