Police investigations

13 March 2015

Magna Carta: A celebration of rights but the challenges still remain

The Magna Carta reaches its 800th birthday this year. Multiple celebrations are planned for this milestone including a march by Justice Alliance which took place on 23 February to celebrate the rights enshrined in the Magna Carta. 

Maya Silva

4 March 2015

Tough on crime – but not on the causes of crime

On 3 March 2015, The Rt. Hon. David Lammy MP launched a paper through the Policy Exchange entitled “Taking Its Toll: The regressive impact of property crime in Britain.” 

Nick Dent

2 March 2015

New “drug driving” offence comes into force today

On 2 March 2015, changes to the offence of “drug driving” come into force in England and Wales. From 2 March it is illegal to drive with specified levels of certain drugs, included legal medication, in your system. 

17 February 2015

Intoxication and consent in rape allegations – a double standard?

Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions (“DPP”), recently announced new guidelines (“toolkits”) reminding police that people may be unable to consent to sexual activity when they are incapacitated through drink or drugs. This blog reviews this guidance and explores whether it says anything new and how it may be applied to cases where both parties are intoxicated. 

22 January 2015

Tilting the scales? Key aspects of the defence case may soon be disclosed to prosecution witnesses

The CPS is currently consulting on its newly published draft guidance on the treatment of, and information to be given to, witnesses and purported victims prior to and during trial. Whilst this guidance seems to be specifically targeted at vulnerable witnesses, it is not limited to such and could be applied in respect of all prosecution witnesses and purported victims. 

Eurydice Cote

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