Stewart Rees - Senior Crown Court Clerk

 A truly sad day today at Mortons Solicitors as Stewart Rees retired from his life of crime after 19 years of enthusiastic representation and service.  We wish him the very best with his next endeavours.

During his time at Mortons Solicitors, Stewart has represented defendants for every criminal offence imaginable, and for offences alleged as far as 60 years ago.

Over the years he has instructed and provided comprehensively detailed briefs to Queens Counsel & Junior Counsel across Manchester and beyond for offences of murder, sexual offences, robbery, conspiracy, drugs, fraud, trafficking.

Needless to say Stewart is irreplaceable as a colleague and a professional.  He will be missed, but Stewart and his achievements/successes shall not be forgotten.

There is no doubt that his colleagues at Mortons Solicitors and friends in the criminal justice sector will continue to remain in contact.

CRIMINAL SOLICITOR:  Mortons Solicitors, a busy criminal defence practice in Greater Manchester and Cheshire have a vacancy suitable for either a qualified solicitor or crown court clerk with police station qualification.  For solicitors duty status preferred. 

Applications from police station accredited individuals or LPC graduates seeking a training contract are welcomed.

Apply by email FAO Lisa Morton to

Mortons Solicitors have been using secure email for over 2 years, but not everyone who can use secure email have been sending it to us securely.

The Courts, Crown Prosecution Service, Police, Hospitals, Probation, and other holders of Secure Email addresses can securely send emails and documents via our secure email address which is

Email can still be sent to us by people/organisations without a secure email address to our non-secure email

Criminal Justice Secure eMail (CJSM) service allows people in the Criminal Justice system to send emails containing information up to an equivalent of "Restricted" (eg sensitive data) in a secure way.

From Today, Monday 24th April 2017 the Sentencing Guidelines Council has published the revised Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guidelines which are now in effect.

Drivers caught speeding excessively above the legal limit face much tougher fines under the new sentencing guidelines. The tougher penalties for serious driving offences will see some drivers facing court fines of up to 150% of net weekly income. This would apply to drivers who speeding at 41mph or more in a 20mph limit area, 51mph or more in a 30mph limit or over 101mph on a motorway. The sentence levels for the less serious offences are not being changed. Depending on the speed, drivers caught speeding will also be given between 3 and 6 penalty points on their licence, and in some cases even disqualification. The maximum fine for speeding is £1000, and upto a maximum of £2,500 for motorway offences.

Any driver reaching 12 penalty points for offences committed within preceeding three years will be at risk of disqualification, for at least six months, under the totting up system. New drivers who accumulate 6 penalty points within two years of getting their full licence will have to re-sit their driving test. These new sentencing guidelines will apply to all 'speeding' offences sentenced on or after 24th April 2017, no matter when the offence was committed. The other guidelines which have been updated are; 

Alcohol sale offences – Licensing Act 2003, s.141; s.146; s.147
Animal cruelty – Animal Welfare Act 2006, s.4; s.8 and s.9
Careless driving – Road Traffic Act 1988, s.3
Communication network offences – Communications Act 2003, s.127(1)
Communication network offences – Communications Act 2003 s.127(2)
Drive whilst disqualified – Road Traffic Act 1988, s.103
Drugs – fail to attend/remain for initial assessment –Drugs Act 2005, s.12
Drugs – fail/refuse to provide a sample – Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, s.63B
Drunk and disorderly in a public place – Criminal Justice Act 1967, s.91
Excess alcohol (drive/attempt) – Road Traffic Act 1988, s.5(1)(a)
Excess alcohol (in charge) – Road Traffic Act 1988, s.5(1)(b)
Fail to provide specimen for analysis (drive/attempt) – Road Traffic Act 1988, s.7(6)
Fail to provide specimen for analysis (in charge) – Road Traffic Act 1988, s.7(6)
Fail to stop/report road accident – Road Traffic Act 1988, s.170(4)
Football related offences – Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol etc.) Act 1985, s.2(1) and s.2(2), Football Offences Act 1991, s.2, s.3 and s.4 and Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, s.166
No insurance – Road Traffic Act 1988, s.143
Obstruct/resist a police constable in execution of duty – Police Act 1996, s.89(2)
Railway fare evasion – Regulation of Railways Act 1889, s.5(1) and s.5(3)
School non-attendance – Education Act 1996, s.444(1) and s.444(1A)
Sexual activity in a public lavatory – Sexual Offences Act 2003, s.71
Speeding – Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, s.89(1)
Taxi touting/soliciting for hire – Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, s.167
TV licence payment evasion – Communications Act 2003, s.363
Unfit through drink or drugs (drive/attempt) – Road Traffic Act 1988, s.4(1)
Unfit through drink or drugs (in charge) – Road Traffic Act 1988, s.4(2)
Vehicle interference – Criminal Attempts Act 1981, s.9
Vehicle taking, without consent – Theft Act 1968, s.12

Over the festive periods of Christmas and the new year one might enjoy the well earned break with a tipple or two.

One must however have regard to the potential dangers for revellers. With the expected wintery temperatures and potential risks of ice/snow the roads of Greater Manchester/Cheshire will already be treacherous enough.

This month began with the annual anti- drink & drugs driving campaigns.  Drivers are warned of the risks associated with drink driving and drug driving

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