Criminal Law Blog

20 November 2017

Legal update: When an inquest is still necessary after criminal proceedings in order to comply with Article 2

In the recently reported case of R (Silvera) v HM Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire [2017] EWHC 2499 (Admin), the Divisional Court looked at the investigative duties placed on the state by Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights and the importance of the coronial process in ensuring that those duties have been met.

8 November 2017

Criminalising Children

Last week Sir James Munby called for the CPS to review its charging policy for children to divert them away from the criminal courts. Speaking at a lecture held by the Howard League for Penal Reform he suggested that the family courts could be provided with an enhanced jurisdiction to enable them to deal with some of the criminal cases currently dealt with by the Youth Court (the Youth Court currently deals with criminal cases involving young people aged 10 to 17. Cases involving more serious offences or involving an adult co-defendant will generally be dealt with in the Crown Court instead).

Sandra Paul

2 November 2017

Covert recordings and coercive behaviour - an area ripe for reform?

Last week, it was reported in broadsheet newspapers that Sir James Munby, the most senior family court judge in England and Wales, suggested that “widespread distrust […] of the competence or even the integrity of the family justice system and of the professionals involved in it” is one of the reasons for a rise in the use covert recordings among those involved in family court proceedings.  

Nicholas Dent

1 November 2017

Flexible Operating Hours: The defendant’s perspective

In March this year the Ministry of Justice announced the Flexible Operating Hours (FOH) pilot. Following a delay to the implementation of the FOH pilot the MoJ has published a “prospectus” – in effect, a consultation – which gives some indication of the issues under consideration since the pilot was announced earlier this year (available here). 

26 October 2017

HMRC takes on off-shore tax evasion

HMRC has introduced new criminal offences targeting individuals who have income or gains outside of the UK and evade their UK income tax or capital gains tax responsibilities.

David Sleight

Skip to content Home About Us Insights Services Contact Accessibility