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22 August 2018

WhatsApp – a case on automatically downloaded images

R v Cyprian Okoro [2018] EWCA Crim 1929 The Court of Appeal considered whether images automatically downloaded from What’s App on to a mobile phone constituted ‘images within the accused’s custody or control so that he was capable of accessing them’. Details Mr Okoro was sent indecent images of children and extreme pornography via What’s […]

31 July 2018

A report on sentencing young adults

Judging maturity: exploring the role of maturity in sentencing young adults, Howard League for Penal Reform and Transition to Adulthood, July 2018 This report by the Howard League and Transition to Adulthood recommends that The Sentencing Council should work towards developing formal sentencing principles for young adults, similar to the principles that are in place […]

31 July 2018

Changes to PACE Codes

Updated PACE Codes of Practice Changes to the Police and Criminal Evidence Act Codes of Practice came in to force on 31 July 2018. Details The following changes are of particular significance to children and young people:  ‘The rights, entitlements and safeguards that apply to the conduct and recording of interviews with suspects are not […]

23 July 2018

Justice Select Committee report on disclosure in criminal cases

The Justice Select Committee has released a report on disclosure of evidence in criminal cases. Disclosure of unused material in criminal cases is essential to a defendant receiving a fair trial. The urgency to revisit disclosure processes became apparent after a notorious failure in a number of cases between December 2017 and spring 2018. The report examines the failures in disclosure, the role of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the police, and provides a set of recommendations to ensure a more effective disclosure process.

18 July 2018

Arson – a case on sentencing children

R v JT [2018] EWCA Crim 1942 This judgment is a good example of the distinct and individualistic approach to be taken when sentencing children. Details The appellant was charged with, what on the face of it, was a serious matter of arson. The appellant had set fire to bus in a bus station, which […]

28 June 2018

A note on the age of criminal responsibility

Age of Criminal Responsibility, Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST), June 2018 The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology have published a note which considers whether the current age of criminal responsibility is appropriate by exploring international legal standards, scientific research on mental and moral development and alternative approaches to dealing with children in conflict […]