Welcome to the August 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.
The featured article focuses on a current appeal topic. In this editionPippa Woodrow looks at the CACD’s latest decision setting out its approach to ASD, discretionary life sentences and hospital orders.
We also look at:
CACD conviction appeals: Rape, vitiating consent, vasectomy; bad character and deleted cautions; juries and mistaken verdicts; diminished responsibility and proving bad character evidence; adverse inferences
CACD sentence appeals: historic sexual offences; minimum terms and young offenders; AG reference and single punch manslaughter.
Supreme Court: Activities of “paedophile hunter groups” and article 8;
Financial crime appeals: The Supreme Court and Hilton.
Health and safety appeals: Abuse of process; The challenges for a jury in determining factual issues on technical matters.
Caribbean appeals: CCJ and grounds not raised below; ECSA and Goodyear indications and unrepresented defendants.
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).
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I hope you and your families are keeping safe and well.