Criminal Law Blog

13 April 2015

The offence formally known as revenge porn

With effect from 13 April 2015, sections 33-35 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 (CJCA 2015) seek to provide an overarching answer to the problem of revenge porn.  

Sandra Paul

10 April 2015

Temporary Class Drug Order – legal highs’ bubble to be ‘burst’

From today, 10 April 2015, the government brings into force a Temporary Class Drug Order making it illegal for anyone to make, supply or import five novel psychoactive substances (otherwise known as ‘legal highs’). Anyone convicted of doing so will face a sentence of up to 14 years’ imprisonment and an unlimited fine.

Sophie Wood

8 April 2015

Introduction of a ‘Criminal Courts Charge’ for convicted offenders from 13 April 2015

A recent Statutory Instrument has been introduced under the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 in relation to new ‘Criminal Courts Charges’ is due to come into force of 13 April 2015.

These new charges are being introduced to force adult offenders to contribute directly towards the cost of running the country’s courts. ‘Courts costs’ refer to the costs of providing the judiciary and the rest of the system of courts, but does not include defence or prosecution costs.

27 March 2015

FCA targets financial crime in new business plan

The FCA has published its 2015/16 business plan, a weighty document setting out its strategy and priorities for the next 12 months...

Jill Lorimer

19 March 2015

Unlimited fines in the Magistrates’ Courts

On 12 March 2015 subsections (1), (2) and (4) of section 85 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 were brought into force.  This means that Magistrates’ Courts are no longer restricted to specified upper limits when deciding what fine to impose upon conviction (s.85(1)). 

Sophie Wood

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