New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

2022 c. 28 – Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Act 2022

2022 c. 27 – Approved Premises (Substance Testing) Act 2022

2022 c. 26 – Glue Traps (Offences) Act 2022

2022 c. 22 – Animal Welfare (Sentience) Act 2022

2022 c. 20 – Professional Qualifications Act 2022

2022 c. 17 – Local Government (Disqualification) Act 2022

2022 c. 36 – Nationality and Borders Act 2022

2022 c. 34 – British Sign Language Act 2022

2022 c. 32 – Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022

2022 c. 29 – Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles (Disabled Persons) Act 2022

2022 c. 24 – Cultural Objects (Protection from Seizure) Act 2022

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

Mobile loophole for gaming drivers is closed – BBC News

‘A loophole allowing drivers to escape punishment for handheld phone use if they are taking a photo or playing a game has closed in Great Britain.’

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BBC News, 25th March 2022

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Driver caught distracted behind wheel nine times in four years – The Independent

‘A driver was caught distracted behind the wheel nine times in the last four years, an investigation has found. The unidentified person was one of 932 British drivers convicted of the offence more than once in the same time period, according to Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) figures obtained by the PA news agency.’

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The Independent, 3rd January 2022

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Katie Price drink-driving crash: Star given suspended jail term – BBC News

‘A judge told TV personality Katie Price she was lucky to avoid prison at her sentencing for a drink-driving crash.’

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BBC News, 15th December 2021

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Driver who blamed ‘imaginary friend’ for M25 van crash is jailed – The Independent

Posted October 19th, 2021 in criminal damage, drug abuse, news, road traffic offences, sentencing by tracey

‘A stoned father who blamed “imaginary friend” for crashing his van on motorway after being banned from driving has been jailed.’

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The Independent, 19th October 2021

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Procedural fairness: ECO must put suspicions of dishonesty to applicant before refusal says Court of Appeal – EIN Blog

Posted April 8th, 2021 in guilty pleas, immigration, judicial review, news, road traffic offences by sally

‘Following the approach in Balajigari v SSHD [2019] EWCA Civ 673 (discussed here), the Court of Appeal has held that it is arguable that procedural fairness required the entry clearance officer (ECO) to put suspicions of dishonesty to the entry clearance applicant, one Mr Wahid an advocate of the High Court of Sindh, and that UTJ Frances got it badly wrong by thinking that permission should be refused. In 2009, then 21 years old, Mr Wahid was convicted on his guilty plea entered at the first opportunity to a driving offence. He had permitted a friend to drive his car without a licence or insurance. He received a short driving ban and a fine and penalty, both of which were duly paid. He completed his LLB that year and then made an in-time application for further leave to remain as a student. He studied and completed his LLM in March 2011. He was then granted further leave as a student and was then granted a Tier 1 (PSW) migrant until 4 January 2014. While he was travelling from London to Pakistan in July 2012, security officers at Heathrow Airport found a blunt Spanish butterfly knife on a keychain in his bags which was a prohibited item. Security staff apologised when explaining to Mr Wahid that the police needed to be called as a matter of protocol. He was taken to a police station and interviewed. He was not charged. He said that he was informed that no further action would be taken.’

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EIN Blog, 7th April 2021

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High Court dismisses Harry Dunn challenge – UK Human Rights Blog

‘R (on the application of Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs & Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police [2020] EWHC 3185 (Admin). At a “rolled up” hearing on both permission and substantive merits, a challenge was considered by the High Court to the decision of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (“FCO”) that Anne Sacoolas, the wife of a member of the US Government’s Technical and Administrative staff stationed at RAF Croughton, was entitled to diplomatic immunity from prosecution. The challenge to this decision was dismissed on all grounds. However, permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal has been granted.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 14th December 2020

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Court of Appeal says car cruising was “classic case for the grant of an injunction” – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal over whether a car-cruising injunction was properly granted, given what was said to be the alternative remedy available to Birmingham City Council of itself making a public spaces protection order (PSPO).’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th November 2020

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Newport driver jailed for 10 years for ramming scooter rider – BBC News

Posted November 10th, 2020 in news, road traffic offences, sentencing, wounding by sally

‘A driver has been jailed for 10 years for ramming into a scooter rider who accidentally cracked his wing mirror.’

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BBC News, 9th November 2020

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Drivers to be banned from picking up mobile phones – BBC News

‘It will become illegal for anyone to pick up and use their mobile phone while driving, under new legislation to be enacted next year.’

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BBC News, 17th October 2020

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Lyum Roy Campbell (a protected party by his father & litigation friend Donald Campbell) v Advantage Insurance Company Ltd [2020] EWHC 2210 (QB) – Parklane Plowden Chambers

‘In this case the court considered the issues of capacity, consent and contributory negligence following a road traffic accident wherein the Claimant, Lyum Roy Campbell, suffered very severe injuries, having allowed himself to be driven by a friend who was intoxicated.’

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Parklane Plowden Chambers, 21st August 2020

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“But I’ll Lose My Job!” New Guidelines to Provide Clarity on What Amounts to ‘Exceptional Hardship’ in Totting Up Disqualification Cases – KCH Garden Sq

Posted May 29th, 2020 in disqualification, news, road traffic offences, sentencing by sally

‘From 22nd January 2020 through to 15th April 2020, the Sentencing Council ran a public consultation on the proposed changes to sentencing guidelines for driving offences disqualifications, breach of community orders and clarifications to some explanatory materials.’

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KCH Garden Sq, 11th May 2020

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Harry Dunn death: diplomatic immunity for Anne Sacoolas ‘illogical’ – The Guardian

‘Britain agreed to let Anne Sacoolas, the driver charged with killing 19-year-old motorcyclist Harry Dunn, return to the US on the basis of an “apparently illogical” interpretation of the law on diplomatic immunity, according to the most senior civil servant at the Foreign Office.’

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The Guardian, 22nd April 2020

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Coronavirus: ‘Lower priority’ crime cases put on hold – BBC News

‘Suspected fraudsters and gangsters should not be charged during the coronavirus outbreak to avoid “clogging up” courts, new guidance recommends.’

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BBC News, 2nd April 2020

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Connor Marsden jailed over Melissa Tate hit-and-run death – BBC News

‘An unlicensed driver who killed a 10-year-old girl in a hit-and-run has been jailed for seven years and four months.’

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BBC News, 12th December 2019

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Birmingham lorry driver Robert Bradbury jailed for killing doctor – BBC News

‘A lorry driver who killed a doctor because his cluttered dashboard obstructed his view has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 6th December 2019

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Police referred to standards watchdog over death of 12-year-old boy killed outside school – Daily Telegraph

‘Police investigating a hit and run outside a school tonight referred themselves to the standards watchdog over their “previous contact” with the murder suspect.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd December 2019

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Sophie Brimble: Man jailed for killing woman in race crash – BBC News

‘A driver who caused the “needless” death of a woman in an 80mph crash has been jailed for eight years.’

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BBC News, 18th November 2019

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Christopher Gadd manslaughter trial: Driver guilty – BBC News

Posted November 6th, 2019 in homicide, news, road traffic offences, sentencing by sally

‘A learner driver accused of killing a man following an argument in a car park has been found guilty of manslaughter.’

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BBC News, 5th November 2019

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Harry Dunn’s family to begin legal action against Foreign Office and Northamptonshire Police – Daily Telegraph

‘The family of Harry Dunn will shortly issue a letter of claim to begin legal action against the Foreign Office and Northamptonshire Police, spokesman Radd Seiger said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th October 2019

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