Barrister Action Will Affect Criminal Cases
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You may have read in the news that Barristers are on strike, it is inevitable therefore that you may be concerned as to how this will affect your case.

Why are Barristers on strike?
It is more or less agreed across the board now that the Criminal Justice System is on the edge of a major crisis. We have written before about disclosure failings, but there is also serious underfunding of police, prosecution and defence.

This crisis has been brewing for many years, and we can now see the real risk of people being unlawfully convicted of criminal offences.

The government has brought in to force a new remuneration structure for crown court advocacy that makes a criminal practice no longer sustainable.

The law of self-defence is again in the public eye following the case of 78-year-old Richard Osborn-Brooks who was briefly investigated after the fatal stabbing of a burglar who entered his property.

Mr Osborn-Brooks woke in the early hours to find two men in his house and stabbed one of the intruders in the upper body, resulting in death.burglar

There is no 'right of revenge' in English law, punishment, following conviction is meted out by the courts.

Defending yourself and your family
You do have the right to use reasonable force to defend yourself.
There is a mix of statutory and common law provisions that provide for self-defence.

We are often asked questions about QCs, most probably because the image of leading barristers has been epitomised over the years in leading television dramas such as Silk and Kavanagh QC, it is therefore not surprising that you may want to discover more and consider whether you ought to instruct a QC to defend your case.


What is a QC?
A QC, is 'one of Her Majestys' Counsel, learned in the law.' Or Queens Counsel.

There is no actual connection to Her Majesty, as QCs, while appointed with the final authority of the Queen, are in fact selected by an independent appointments commission.

When Driving Becomes Dangerous
There is a specific offence of dangerous driving, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 2 years.

If that driving is a cause of someone's death, the maximum sentence rises to one of 14 years.carcrash

In each case there are minimum disqualification periods, very lengthy actual disqualifications and insurance premiums which will be significant for many years to come; some drivers may not even be able to secure insurance at all, at any price.

Tougher Sentences for Persons Convicted of Terrorism Offences
The Sentencing Council has today published new guidelines that courts must refer to when sentencing for a range of offences relating to terrorism.


Who will be affected?
The guidelines apply to all offenders over the age of 18 and covers the following offences:

•   Section 5 (Preparation of Terrorist Acts) Terrorism Act 2006

•   Section 2 (Causing explosion likely to endanger life or property) Explosive Substances Act 1883

•   Section 3 (Attempt to cause explosion, or making or keeping explosive with intent to endanger life or property) Explosive Substances Act 1883

•   Section 1 (Encouragement of Terrorism) Terrorism Act 2006

•   Section 2 (Dissemination of Terrorist Publication) Terrorism Act 2006

•   Section11 (Membership of proscribed organisation) Terrorism Act 2000

•   Section 12 Support for a proscribed organisation) Terrorism Act 2000

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