In The Media
Here are a selection of posts and articles from the Media and Digital Media team here at Morton’s Solicitors including print articles as well as TV, Radio and Video features.
The Crown Prosecution Service has issued new guidance to prosecutors as to which offences may be committed regarding “child-like” sex dolls after more than 200 seizures by Customs Officers in the last two years.
Usually the court will consider questions which explore things like, whether the alleged offence is serious enough to justify a retrial, or whether, if re-convicted, the appellant would be likely to serve a significant period or further period in custody. Factors such as the appellant’s age and health may also come into play.
Bankruptcy is difficult enough – but if you do not provide total transparency to your financial affairs then you run the risk of breaking the law – and a custodial sentence. If you are thinking about Bankruptcy, you should perhaps read this as well.
There have been two entirely different crime stories in the news this week, but both will challenge the court to consider sentencing guidelines and how they ought to be applied.
If you were to use a McKenzie Friend, or any other unqualified person, in conducting a criminal appeal, the consequences can be worse than just a financial loss. The Court of Appeal has the power to order, in appeals without merit, that some time already served should not count towards your sentence. You may also face a substantial claim for prosecution costs.
Article relating to Tina Malone – who shared content in relation to James Bulger’s murderers – Jon Venables & Robert Thompson – and received a suspended prison sentence for Contempt of Court.
The reality that a No-Deal Brexit could bring to light, the Civil Contingencies Act could provide powers to declare a State of Emergency. Read more…
Last week it was proposed by Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson that a 10-year time limit ( a Statute of Limitations) should apply to the prosecution of soldiers accused of murder during time spent in military engagement. He suggested this following reports that British soldiers may face prosecution over deaths that occurred in the 1970s and 1980s during the troubles in Northern Ireland.
After analysing Freedom of Information request responses from 29 out of 43 police forces, Channel 4 discovered that the number of police-recorded offenders aged under 18 using a knife or sharp instrument to commit homicide rose by the worryingly high figure of 77% from 26 to 46 from 2016 to 2018.
Recently, there has been a review of the Parole Board. Here’s it’s findings. The role of the Parole Board is as an independent body to analyse the risk surrounding prisoners serving certain sentences in order to assess whether or not it is safe to release them into the community.