ARCHBOLD CRIMINAL PLEADING, EVIDENCE AND PRACTICE 2016
GENERAL EDITOR: JAMES RICHARDSON Q.C.
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TOPICAL NEW COVERAGE FOR THE 2016 EDITION
Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 – this Act creates several new offences, including disclosing private sexual photographs or films with intent to cause distress (“revenge porn”), jury misconduct offences (in the Juries Act 1974), and the corrupt or other improper exercise of police powers and privileges. It also amends the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 to introduce the controversial criminal courts charge, alters sentencing powers for certain serious offences, and makes a host of other amendments relating to criminal justice, all covered in the new edition.
Modern Slavery Act 2015 – this substantial new Act includes the consolidation of the existing offences of slavery and human trafficking, an increase in the penalties for those offences, and the introduction of a statutory defence for slavery or trafficking victims compelled to commit criminal offences and new civil “slavery and trafficking prevention and risk” orders. Prosecution of the new offences is likely to become commonplace, rendering the Act of central importance for law enforcement and the courts.
Serious Crime Act 2015 – another wide-ranging Act which creates several new offences, including a hacking offence (in the Computer Misuse Act 1990), participating in the criminal activities of an organised crime group, sexual communication with a child (in the Sexual Offences Act 2003), possession of a paedophile manual, and controlling or coercive behaviour in intimate or family relationships. Among the numerous amendments to existing legislation covered in the latest edition, significant changes are made to the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 and the confiscation regime.
Criminal Procedure Rules 2015 – together with reissued Criminal Practice Directions, both now substantially reorganised and amended.
Criminal Legal Aid (Remuneration) Regulations – important amendments to the 2013 regulations.
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