Raising the age of criminal responsibility

By Zoe Keene at 00:00

Raising the age of criminal responsibility It would appear that this UK Government are quietly planning to raise the age of criminal responsibility from the current age of 10 to the age of 12. There is a bill before the House of Lords which proposes to do just that. There has been no publicity surrounding this and no mention of this in the last election manifesto. Is there a reason the UK Government want to raise the age of criminal responsibility quietly?

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'Revenge Porn' - Beware Before Your Share

By Hayley Cooper at 00:00

Channel 4’s recent documentary on this issue highlighted the increasing prevalence of “Revenge Porn” offences due to the explosion of smart phones and the speed and ease at which digital information (including images and videos) can be transferred and viewed online. The documentary suggested that 46% of young people surveyed had sent a rude text. Many did not consider the privacy aspect and repercussions further down the line. The documentary showed that images the journalist uploaded of herself received 13k hits or views in one day and after 3 days the images had been viewed on 43,000 occasions. This demonstrated how quickly the situation can get out of control in the fast developing digital world.

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Domestic violence cases are complex. In a criminal trial the evidence is tested under cross-examination by both the defence and prosecution solicitors. However, recent changes in the law, namely the case of R v Barnaby 2015 has made the process of challenging evidence more difficult.

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Everton and Republic of Ireland footballer Darron Gibson is due before Trafford Magistrates’ Court on 1 September after the football star was charged in connection with an alleged hit and run crash with a cyclist. This week’s headlines regarding the incident highlights the severity of failing to stop after an accident and the consequences of not doing so.

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'Revenge Porn' - Beware Before You Share

By Solicitor at 00:00

Journalist Anna Richardson will tonight highlight the dangers of sharing sexually explicit images in the Channel 4 documentary, 'Revenge Porn'. Richardson herself has issued a stark warning after she posted nude pictures of herself online as part of a documentary experiment. Whilst revenge porn takes the media spotlight in today’s tabloids, it’s not new!

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