Welcome to the December edition of our monthly Criminal Appeals Bulletin. (It arrives just in time to serve as an excuse for many of you to absent yourselves from family festivities. You're welcome.)
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,Peter Carter QCconsiders the problems that may arise in respect of the identity principle in the prosecution of corporations.
I look at a conviction case where the CACD considers when a failure to give a good character direction makes a conviction unsafe. Paul Taylor QClooks at the latest case to consider the appropriate credit for guilty pleas in a Northern Ireland appeal, the powers of the single judge and the Registrar in an application to re-open a decision of the CACD and the discretion to order separate trials, the directions on defences not raised at trial and the impact of a pre-Jogee joint enterprise direction in a Caribbean case.
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