Welcome to the January 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 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.
In this edition, Paul Taylor QC looks at appeals against conviction, including the case of Abdurahman, an important case on the interplay between fairness as required by Article 6 and the safety test.Nicola Higginsconsiders Morrow v The Attorney-General from Northern Ireland, concerning confiscation proceedings and fair trial rights, and I look at sentencing appeals, including the case of R v PS, where the CACD gives guidance on the impact of mental ill health on sentence.
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