Welcome to the February 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, James Wood QC analyses recent sentence appeals concerning minimum terms in discretionary life sentence cases, Daniella Waddoup looks at an appeal against conviction concerning conspiracies and inconsistent verdicts and I look at an appeal by way of case stated, where the Divisional Court considers Twitter arguments and Article 10 of the ECHR.
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