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Category: Criminal Law

CICA Denies Compensation For Sexually Abused Minors

CICA Denies Compensation For Sexually Abused Minors

A call has been made to ensure that awards for victims of crime is brought into line with the criminal law after a string of cases where children were denied payments from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) relating to sexual abuse. Several charities – including Barnardo’s, Victim Support, Liberty and Rape Crisis – have…

Crown Court Columns

What are Corporate Investigations- and How Do They Work?

Corporate Investigations by the Health and Safety Executive, Environment Agency, Police, HMRC, Serious Fraud Office or Trading Standards usually come out of the blue. Is your business prepared for a situation where a death, serious accident or fraud is being investigated? The decisions made in the aftermath of a serious incident are always important, not…

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What is a Notice of Intended Prosecution?

Many of us will be familiar with a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NiP) owing to their use in cases of speeding or drivers proceeding through a red light. Here, Ghaz Iqbal offers an important overview and dispels some of the myths surrounding NiPs and their use. What is a Notice of Intended Prosecution? Issued by…

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The Importance of Representation in Police Interviews

A new series of the Channel 4 TV programme 24 Hours in Police Custody has just hit our screens, aiming to offer an insight into what happens after a suspect has been arrested. The reality is that for those arrested, having prompt and accurate advice is crucial. Zahir Nazir is an Accredited Police Station Representative…

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Concerns over Blood Tests by Forensic Science Company

The arrest of two staff members working within a forensic testing laboratory has made headlines this week. Both worked at the Randox facility in Manchester, and have been arrested on suspicion of Perverting the Course of Justice. James Vaughan is the Deputy Chief Constable for Dorset Police, but is also recognised as a key police…

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Wakefield Magistrates’ Court Closing In September

Following a consultation period started in July 2015 it was announced in February 2016 by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service that Wakefield Magistrates’ Court would be one of 86 courts and tribunals to close. With those 86 courts accounting for nearly one fifth of the 460 courts in England and Wales, it was a…

Shotgun Solicitors

Shotgun and Firearm Licensing

If you have had your shotgun or firearm license revoked or have had an application for a certificate refused Ison Harrison Solicitors are here to help. Ian Anderson, our specialist shotgun and firearm licensing solicitor has experience in representing people who have had has firearm or shotgun certificates revoked. If you have had a firearm/shotgun firearm…

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It’s Carnival Time in Leeds

Over the upcoming bank holiday weekend there will be an explosion of colour and the sound of steel pan drums hitting the streets of Leeds bringing various events to Leeds as part of the 2016 Leeds West Indian Carnival. The event which was founded by Arthur France is Europe’s longest running authentic Caribbean carnival parade…

Dangerous Dogs

Harsher Sentencing Guidelines for Dangerous Dog Offences

On 1 July 2016, the Sentencing Council’s revised definitive sentencing guidelines for dangerous dog offences came into force. With these changes, pet owners will now face much harsher punishments should they be found guilty of an offence contained within the Dangerous Dogs Act 2014 (the “Act”). Under the Act it is illegal to own, breed,…

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LALY Awards Honours Hillsborough Lawyers

Nearly 30 years on from that fateful football match, justice has finally been rewarded to the families of the 96 that died in the Hillsborough disaster and the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards has honoured the legal teams that have played a vital role since the inquest began. The legal teams involved, which…