Archive for the 'guilty pleas' Category

Plan for 50% sentence discount ‘will offend’ victims – BBC News

“Plans which could see criminals’ sentences cut by up to a half if they plead guilty quickly have been attacked as putting ‘efficiency over justice’.”

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BBC News, 10th April 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Sentencing plans ‘would not reflect severity of crimes’ – BBC News

“Planned reforms to sentencing policy could lead to criminals spending too little time behind bars, according to several top judges.”

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BBC News, 7th April 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Criminals who plead early could get sentences halved – Daily Telegraph

“Criminals who plead guilty early will have their sentences slashed by up to half under plans to be unveiled by Kenneth Clarke next week.”

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Daily Telegraph, 4th December 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Regina v Zaman – WLR Daily

Regina v Zaman [2010] WLR (D) 7

“Where a defendant has pleaded guilty to a charge under s 4(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1967 of assisting an offender, the conviction is not rendered unsafe by reason of subsequent acquittal of the person assisted.”

WLR Daily, 25th January 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

 Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Regina v Knaggs – WLR Daily

Regina v Knaggs [2009] EWCA Crim 1363; [2009] WLR (D) 239

“A defendant who had pleaded guilty to an offence without any challenge to the facts by way of a Newton hearing was not thereby debarred, as a matter of law, from challenging the prosecution evidence for the purposes of a confiscation hearing.”

WLR Daily, 14th July 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Practice directions – Amendment No. 22 to the Consolidated Criminal Practice Direction – Judiciary of England and Wales

“The Lord Chief Justice has handed down Amendment No. 22 to the Consolidated Criminal Practice Direction.  It has three main parts.  Primarily, the amendments set out the different bases on which a defendant may plead guilty.  Secondly, minor changes are made to paragraph III.28 of the Consolidated Criminal Practice Direction regarding the Victim Personal Statement scheme.  Thirdly, it contains various forms for use with the Criminal Procedure Rules and when appealing to and from the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division).”

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 20th May 2009

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Jail discounts cut for a guilty plea – Daily Telegraph

“Criminals who plead guilty after being caught red-handed will receive longer sentences under new guidelines announced yesterday.”

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd July 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk


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