Criminal Justice and Courts Bill – new criminal offences – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘Another year, and yet more criminal justice legislation. The Criminal Justice and Courts Bill 2013-14 is going through Parliament at the moment, and it will come as no surprise that it includes new criminal offences.’


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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 22nd April 2014

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Cyber-bullies could be given tougher sentences – The Independent

‘The Government today backed tougher laws that could see cyber stalkers imprisoned for up for two years.’

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The Independent, 25th March 2014

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Two guilty of sending ‘menacing’ tweets to Caroline Criado-Perez – The Independent

Posted January 7th, 2014 in freedom of expression, internet, malicious communications, news by sally

‘Two people have pleaded guilty to sending “menacing” tweets to a feminist campaigner following her successful campaign to ensure a woman features on British banknotes.’

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The Independent, 7th January 2014

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Thousands of abusive electronic message cases reach court – BBC News

“More than 1,700 cases involving abusive messages sent online or via text message reached English and Welsh courts in 2012, the BBC has learned after a Freedom of Information request.”

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BBC News, 30th July 2013

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US Facebook death threats troll: Reece Elliott jailed – BBC News

Posted July 10th, 2013 in guilty pleas, internet, malicious communications, news, school children by sally

“A British man who threatened to kill 200 people in the US, in posts he made under a false name on Facebook, has been jailed for more than two years.”

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BBC News, 9th July 2013

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Free speech rights should influence CPS decisions on whether to prosecute over social media communications, says guidance – OUT-LAW.com

“Prosecutors should be mindful of observing individuals’ rights to free speech when deciding whether to initiate legal action against them over grossly offensive, indecent, obscene or false comments made on social media, according to new guidelines.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 21st June 2013

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Feeling like burning down some mosques in Portsmouth, anyone want to join me?’: Woman avoids jail after post-Woolwich Facebook comments – The Independent

“A 24-year-old woman who posted racist comments on Facebook following the death of Drummer Lee Rigby has avoided a jail sentence.”

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The Independent, 14th June 2013

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Man jailed over Woolwich murder Facebook comments – BBC News

Posted June 13th, 2013 in internet, malicious communications, news, sentencing by sally

“A man who posted offensive comments on Facebook following the death of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich has been jailed.”

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BBC News, 12th June 2013

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Case discontinued over social media comments after Woolwich murder – The Guardian

Posted June 12th, 2013 in armed forces, internet, malicious communications, murder, news, prosecutions by sally

“A 19-year-old man accused of making comments on a social media website following the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby has had his court case discontinued.”

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The Guardian, 11th June 2013

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Student given community service for ‘extreme’ tweet about Lee Rigby murder – The Guardian

“Police arrested a student who complained to them about receiving threatening messages after she used Twitter to say that people wearing Help for Heroes T-shirts ‘deserve to be beheaded’ as news broke about the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich, a court heard on Friday.”

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The Guardian, 7th June 2013

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EastEnders’ Gemma McCluskie murder: Man jailed for threats – BBC News

Posted April 12th, 2013 in malicious communications, news, sentencing by sally

“A man who claimed to have kidnapped a former EastEnders actress, later found to have been murdered by her brother, has been jailed for six months.”

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BBC News, 11th April 2013

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‘Trial by Google’ a risk to jury system, says attorney general – The Guardian

Posted February 7th, 2013 in crime, internet, juries, malicious communications, news, trials by sally

“‘Trial by Google’ threatens to undermine the integrity of the British jury system and ‘offends the principle of open justice’, according to the attorney general, Dominic Grieve QC.”

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The Guardian, 6th February 2013

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Twitter cases ‘threat to freedom of speech’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 4th, 2013 in freedom of expression, internet, malicious communications, news, prosecutions by tracey

“Keir Starmer, the Director of Public Prosecutions, said too many investigations
into comments on networks such as Twitter would have a ‘chilling effect’ on free
speech. He issued his warning as he signalled that anyone who posted an
offensive message but then quickly removed it could escape prosecution.”

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd February 2013

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Poppy burning teenager meets forces personnel in lieu of criminal charges – The Guardian

“A teenager who was arrested after posting a picture of a burning poppy on Facebook has escaped charges after meeting serving and former military personnel as part of a restorative justice programme.”

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The Guardian, 20th December 2012

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Remorseful Twitter and Facebook jokers less likely to face prosecution – The Guardian

Posted December 19th, 2012 in internet, malicious communications, news, prosecutions by sally

“Drunken Twitter and Facebook users who post grossly offensive messages online may be less likely to face prosecution if they hit delete and express remorse after they sober up, Keir Starmer, the director of public prosecutions, indicated.”

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The Guardian, 19th December 2012

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New prosecution guidance on offensive speech online: sensible, but the law is still out of date – UK Human Rights Blog

“The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has published interim guidance on when to prosecute people for grossly offensive and obscene messages they send on social media. The guidelines are now subject to a full public consultation. Earlier this year, I took part in a series of round table discussions with the DPP over how the guidelines would look.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 19th December 2012

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DPP launches public consultation on prosecutions involving social media communications – Crown Prosecution Service

“The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, has today published interim guidelines setting out the approach prosecutors should take in cases involving communications sent via social media.”

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Crown Prosecution Service, 19th December 2012

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Youths who abuse on Twitter may avoid prosecution – Daily Telegraph

“Prosecutors will be told to exercise ‘real caution’ before deciding to prosecute children and young people over abusive comments made on Twitter and Facebook under guidelines to be issued today, it was reported.”

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Daily Telegraph, 18th December 2012

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UK Tour Report #13: Social media and the employment law implications with Sean Jones QC – Charon QC

Posted November 28th, 2012 in contempt of court, employment, internet, malicious communications, media, news by sally

“Today, I am talking with Sean Jones QC of 11 KBW, a leading employment and public law set. We look at the employment law implications for use of social media in some depth and discuss the important case of Smith v Trafford Housing Trust [2012] EWHC 3221 (Ch).

We then move on to discuss practice at the Bar, the immediate to medium term prospects for barristers and Sean Jones QC provides some advice for prospective barristers.”

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Charon QC, 27th November 2012

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“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of insitelaw newswire.

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Nature not reach of Twitter messages should determine whether prosecutions should be pursued, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted November 16th, 2012 in internet, malicious communications, news, prosecutions by tracey

“The nature of messages posted on social media platforms and not how many people read those comments should determine whether public prosecutors pursue legal action against those that breach UK communications laws, an expert has said.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 15th November 2012

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