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Does the Dock in Court Prejudice Defendants?

By Solicitor at 00:00

In its recent report, JUSTICE, the all party law reform and human rights organisation, called for the abolition of the dock and recommended alternative strategies. The findings of this report make surprising and compelling reading. For those unfamiliar with court proceedings, in criminal trials of adults, those remanded in custody will appear in court in a secure glass dock and if they are on bail, they often appear in an open dock rising to waist height. As a criminal defence lawyer I am well accustomed to the layout of the criminal court but have not previously given much thought to the defendant’s positioning and how the physical presence of a dock may influence our subconscious.

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Should Doctors Report a Driver's Details?

By Solicitor at 00:00

A fatal bin lorry crash in Glasgow in December 2014 has brought the requirement for Doctor’s to report health conditions to the forefront. The Fatal Accident Enquiry (FAI), which commenced in Scotland on the 22nd July and is expected to last up to 5 weeks, has heard evidence from Doctors who examined the driver prior to this tragic incident. Reports suggest that the driver, Mr Clarke, suffered a blackout in 2010 whilst employed as a driver with First Bus. Further allegations have been made in relation to Mr Clarke suffering fainting and dizziness.

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'Revenge Porn' - Beware Before You Share

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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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New Smoking Laws Coming in October 2015

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The Government has released the new penalties for allowing smoking in private vehicles that are carrying someone under the age of 18. The changes that will be implemented from the 1st October 2015 will provide Police with the discretion to either issue a warning or a fixed penalty notice of £50. This is a significant change to the original proposals of the Government which we covered in an earlier blog Fine or Points. From the 1st October 2015 private vehicles that are carrying persons under the age of 18 must be smoke free. The rules will apply if they are enclosed, there is more than one person present and one of those persons is under the age of 18.

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Big Money. Big City. Big Sentence

By Solicitor at 00:00

This week saw Tom Hayes, a city trader, sentenced to an eye watering 14 years following his conviction for rigging the Libor interest rates. The sentence is made up of a nine-and–a-half year sentence for offences committed under one employer and four-and-a-half years for offences under another employer when the period offending was much shorter.

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