Wednesday, 03 May 2023 12:53
An offence of non-fatal strangulation or suffocation was created by the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 and came in to force on 7 June 2022. CPS guidance on this offence states: "Some dictionary definitions of the word "strangle" link the word to an intention to kill or the causing of death. The statute however does not require an intention to kill nor any link to death. Although not a criminal case, in Stocker v Stocker  UKSC 17, the UK Supreme Court considered the ordinary meaning of "strangle" in the context of a Facebook post, in which the applicant in the…
Wednesday, 09 February 2022 13:58
Adults will have to hand over credit card or passport details before they can access social media sites, the British government threatened this morning. Internet use age verification – first floated and then abandoned via the country's 2017 Digital Economy Act – will return in the UK's Online Safety Bill, digital minister Chris Philp MP has vowed, linking the technology, widely criticised by privacy activists, to protecting children from pornography websites.
Wednesday, 09 February 2022 13:47
Ministers insist they are making good progress in tackling the courts backlog despite coming under heavy criticism from opposition MPs over delays in the justice system. Justice minister James Cartlidge told the Commons on Tuesday that cases in the magistrates’ court were close to reaching pre-pandemic levels while the Crown court backlog has fallen from 61,000 cases in June 2021 to 58,700 cases in November 2021. ‘I can confirm that in the next financial year, we expect to get through 20% more Crown court cases than we did in the year previous to Covid,’ he added.
Tuesday, 08 February 2022 12:38
Thank you to James Caldwell of 2 Harcourt Buildings for securing the acquittal of our client in relation to charges of GBH further to a re-trial. The allegations related to a series of assaults which were alleged to have taken place over a period of time. Our client denied the charges and thanks to Lee Bottomley of Leyson Data, Forensic Experts in digital data, evidence was produced from a mobile phone in support of our client who was ultimately found not guilty of all charges.
Wednesday, 02 February 2022 12:10
In the past three years, two babies born inside English prisons have died. In September 2019, a woman, now known as Ms A, gave birth alone in her cell at HMP Bronzefield and the baby died. In July 2020, a baby was stillborn at HMP Styal. Prison will never be a safe place for pregnant women, so why are our courts still sending them there?
Tuesday, 01 February 2022 15:21
Magistrates will be able to lock up people for longer under powers being granted by the government to cut the Crown court backlog. Lord chancellor Dominic Raab announced today that he will double the maximum prison sentence – currently six months - that magistrates can hand down. Magistrates will also increasingly be allowed to sentence serious cases such as fraud, theft and assault. Currently, any crime that warrants a prison sentence of more than six months must be sent to the Crown court for a judge to determine the appropriate sentence.
Tuesday, 01 February 2022 15:14
The chair of the Magistrates’ Association has criticised what she described as 'unwarranted hostility' towards magistrates following the news that their sentencing powers will be increased to help cut the Crown court backlog.
Tuesday, 01 February 2022 15:07
The Telegraph reports that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is to review its guidance on “drill” music amid claims from academics that it can stop young black men from getting a fair trial. The CPS is conducting what it describes as a “listening exercise” with academics, barristers, civil liberty campaigners and youth groups who fear the use of drill music in trials can unfairly stereotype young black defendants as being involved in violence.
Tuesday, 14 December 2021 13:59
Thank you to Helen Easterbrook of Drystone Chambers. Message today left by client 'he said he appeared via Videolink for a hearing at Court today. He said he has had three different legal teams over the years but Louise Rodaway of Wessex Solicitors and Helen Easterbrook are by the far the best, brilliant, fantastic and a cut above the rest'
Friday, 19 November 2021 09:33
We always welcome any feedback, after concluding a recent case we were pleased to receive this note of praise; ‘Unfortunately, I have worked with Solicitors before , this Company is in a different class. I couldn’t ask for a better service’
Tuesday, 16 November 2021 09:58
Following a five-day trial at Portsmouth Crown Court, Imogen Nelson secured the acquittal of her client who had been accused of aggravated burglary. The prosecution adduced identification evidence to support their case that the accused burgled the complainants of their prescription medication at machete point. The accused denied presence and further to close examination of the identification evidence by Imogen, the accused was found not guilty. Imogen was instructed by Louise Rodaway of Wessex Solicitors.