Welcome to the March 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.
The featured article focuses on a current appeal topic. In this edition, Paul Mason looks at media reporting in the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division).
Also in this edition we look at:
- CACD conviction appeals arising from a witness who refuses to continue mid-way through cross-examination; fresh evidence and diminished responsibility; non-defendant’s bad character; hearsay evidence
- CACD sentence appeal considering the meaning of “particularly vulnerable” in the Sexual offences Guidelines
- NICA DPP’s Reference on firearms and drugs offences;
- CCJ appeal based on identification evidence.
James Wood QC discusses the role of deterrence in the fixing of minimum terms in mandatory life sentences for murder in the case of juveniles and adults, and considers the discrete defence of using reasonable force in protection of property in the context of the recent appeal case of Williams.
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).
Please feel free to e-mail us or to call our crime team on 020 7400 9088. We also offer our instructing solicitors a free Advice Line, where they can discuss initial ideas about possible appeals, at no cost to them or their client. More information on our services can be found on our website.
We hope that the bulletin is of interest to you.
With best wishes,
Paul Taylor QC
Head of the DSC Criminal Appeals Unit