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 and Hong Kong 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 provides an in depth commentary on a current appeal topic.
In this edition Benjamin Newton reviews recent Attorney General References and double jeopardy.
I look at the latest guidance to new lawyers who take over at the appeal stage, and recent CACD cases on whether a magistrate’s court hearing can be declared a nullity, when an appeal can be re-opened and a combined AG Reference and appeal against conviction.
Tim Moloney QC considers a NICA conviction appeal arising from a jury irregularity, and I look at an Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court decision on voice recognition and the need for a Turnbull direction.
Richard Fisher QC continues his series analysing appeals arising from financial crimes, and comments on a recent decision on criminal lifestyle and conduct.
Richard Thomas reviews the latest Hong Kong appeals involving demonstrations, diminished responsibility, the best evidence rule and sentencing for drug offences.
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).
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