Welcome to the January 2021 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.
In this month’s Bulletin, Maya Sikand looks at a recent Appeal by way of case stated, brought by the DPP against a District Judge’s decision to acquit in the Youth Court, based on a Conclusive Grounds decision. Tayyiba Bajwa looks at an appeal against conviction concerning non-defendant’s bad character. Rabah Kherbane examines the application of the new Guideline on sentencing offenders with mental disorders, developmental disorders, or neurological impairments, in a recent appeal against sentence and Peter Caldwell looks at POCA restraint orders and the criteria to be applied in determining “reasonable living expenses”.
The keen-eyed amongst you will have noticed that this is the 50th issue of the Bulletin. We hope you have found it useful over the past four years and we look forward to the 100th edition. By which time we hope to be out of lockdown!
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