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Change in assault sentencing guidelines

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Allegations of assault (often in a domestic context) are one of the most common types of offences that we in the general crime department are asked to defend. New sentencing guidelines came into force on 1st July 2021. These bring about many changes,...

Police announce they will investigate allegations of abuse within the education system

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There have been calls for urgent action to be taken in order to tackle abuse in education. These follow an influx of over 11,000 anonymous testimonials were submitted to the ‘Everyone’s Invited’ website, sharing instances of all types of...

Drug offences sentencing guidelines revised to reflect changes in modern offending

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Since 1st April 2021, updated sentencing guidelines have come into effect for offences falling under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016. These guidelines will apply to all cases sentenced on or after this date. Over...

What is Operation Green Jacket?

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Greater Manchester Police (GMP) launched Operation Green Jacket in May 2019 in attempt to investigate child sexual abuse in Greater Manchester. The operation was initially aimed to reinvestigate alleged sexual exploitation that...

What is the punishment for bringing prohibited items into prisons?

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Over recent months there has been much in the national press about things getting out of control in prisons. This has included, in one instance, the running of a prison having to be taken out of private hands and given back to the government. There has...

The importance of securing the right representation

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Over the last decade there have been increasing concerns about the withdrawal of funding from more and more areas of law. In these areas of law it had previously been understood that people would need assistance in order to secure access to justice. One...