Bar Council cautions over online guilty pleas – The Bar Council

Posted June 22nd, 2017 in barristers, electronic filing, guilty pleas, news, press releases by tracey

‘Using a smartphone to plead guilty to a criminal offence may seem convenient, but the Bar Council has warned that Government plans to roll out online pleas, outlined in today’s Queen’s Speech, risk down-playing potentially serious consequences for defendants.’

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The Bar Council, 21st June 2017

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Definitive guidelines on sentencing children and young people and reduction in sentence for a guilty plea come into effect – Sentencing Council

Posted June 6th, 2017 in children, guilty pleas, news, press releases, sentencing, young offenders by tracey

‘The revised guidelines on sentencing children and young people and reduction in sentence for a guilty plea have come into effect today (1 June 2017).’

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Sentencing Council, 1st June 2017

Source: www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk

Definitive guidelines on sentencing children and young people and reduction in sentence for a guilty plea come into effect – Sentencing Council

Posted June 2nd, 2017 in children, guilty pleas, news, sentencing, young offenders by sally

‘The revised guidelines on sentencing children and young people and reduction in sentence for a guilty plea have come into effect today (1 June 2017).’

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Sentencing Council, 1st June 2017

Source: www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk

Confiscation proceedings halted over “fatal error” in indication of guilty pleas – Local Government Lawyer

‘A council’s bid to obtain a confiscation order over planning enforcement breaches has been halted after a ruling that the indication of pleas of guilty on the two defendants’ behalf and in their presence by counsel appearing for them in the magistrates’ court was an incurable error.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th May 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Two men jailed for historical child sex abuse – BBC News

‘Two men have been jailed after pleading guilty to photographing sexual assaults on children more than a decade ago.’

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BBC News, 18th May 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

GP surgery administrator fined for illegally accessing patient records – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 17th, 2017 in data protection, fines, guilty pleas, medical records, news by sally

‘A former NHS administrator has been ordered to pay nearly £800 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to unlawfully accessing patient records.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th May 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Student who stabbed boyfriend may avoid jail as it would ‘damage her career’ – The Guardian

Posted May 17th, 2017 in guilty pleas, news, sentencing, wounding by sally

‘An Oxford University student who stabbed her boyfriend with a bread knife may not go to jail because it could damage her prospects of a medical career, a court has heard.’

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The Guardian, 16th May 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Former football coach jailed for child sex offences – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A former PE teacher and football coach has today (May 2) been sentenced to 24 years in prison for sexual offences against a young boy.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 2nd May 2017

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Man jailed for ‘Jo Cox’ threat to Nottingham MP Anna Soubry – BBC News

‘A man who called an MP’s office and said she should be “Jo Cox’d” has been jailed for eight weeks.’

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BBC News, 25th April 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Warrington man, 95, spared jail after trying to kill wife with pan – BBC News

Posted April 26th, 2017 in attempts, domestic violence, elderly, guilty pleas, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A 95-year-old man who tried to kill his wife has been spared jail because the judge said it was “an exceptional case”.’

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BBC News, 25th April 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Woman jailed over Facebook birthday message death crash – BBC News

‘A woman who was trying to send a message on Facebook when she crashed into a pensioner’s car, killing him, has been jailed for 27 months.’

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BBC News, 24th April 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Council fined £1m after disabled man hit by vehicle for collecting branches – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 21st, 2017 in disabled persons, fines, guilty pleas, health & safety, local government, news, parks by tracey

‘Nottinghamshire County Council has been fined £1m after a disabled member of the public was struck by a vehicle used for collecting branches.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st April 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

New guideline published on sentence reduction for early plea – Henderson Chambers

Posted April 6th, 2017 in consultations, guilty pleas, news, sentencing by sally

‘After lengthy consultation last year the Sentencing Council has published its new guideline on the stages and levels of reduction for a guilty plea.’

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Henderson Chambers, 23rd March 2017

Source: www.hendersonchambers.co.uk

Justice reformer condemns digital criminal courts plan – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Government plans for virtual court hearings and online guilty pleas for criminal offences are poorly costed, based on weak evidence and have not been subjected to proper consultation, a national justice charity says today.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 15th March 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Sentencing Council publishes new guidelines on sentencing children and young people and offenders who plead guilty – Sentencing Council

‘Today, the Sentencing Council has published two new sentencing guidelines. One covers how courts should make a reduction in sentence for offenders who admit their guilt, and the other deals with the approach they should take when sentencing children and young people.’

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Sentencing Council, 7th March 2017

source: http://sentencingcouncil.judiciary.gov.uk

Woman who found £20 note on floor convicted of theft – BBC News

Posted March 1st, 2017 in guilty pleas, news, theft by sally

‘A woman who kept a £20 note she found in a shop has been convicted of theft.’

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BBC News, 28th February 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

New ‘automatic online conviction procedure’ to be set up by the UK government – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 15th, 2017 in electronic filing, fines, guilty pleas, news by sally

‘People guilty of “low level” offences in England and Wales will be able to accept and pay penalties and avoid having to appear before court under a new online process to be set up by the UK government.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th February 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

Computer says ‘guilty’ – online convictions set to become reality – Legal Futures

Posted February 10th, 2017 in electronic filing, fines, guilty pleas, news by tracey

‘Defendants will soon be able to plead guilty, be convicted and pay a penalty immediately and entirely online for certain offences, the Ministry of Justice announced yesterday as digital justice moved a step closer to reality.’

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Legal Futures, 9th February 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Retired dentist who tried to murder wife after falling victim to fraud spared jail as she begs judge not to send him to prison – Daily Telegraph

‘A retired dentist who tried to strangle his wife with a tie after he was conned out of £200,000 has been spared jail after she begged the judge not to send him to prison.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th February 2017

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Russell Square stabbings: Zakaria Bulhan detained indefinitely – BBC News

‘A man who admitted killing a US tourist and wounding five others in a rampage in central London last year has been handed an unlimited hospital order.’

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BBC News, 7th February 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk