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Cost:
  • FREE
Length:
30 minutes of audio
(+ optional 5 minute online quiz)
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Course Aims:

This podcast is aimed at criminal lawyers interested in keeping abreast of recent developments within criminal law and evidence. It touches on a number of pertinent authorities across a broad range of areas including bad character, hearsay, false accounting, the significance of findings in family proceedings and harassment.

Outcomes:
After completing the course you will:
  • Have considered recent authorities concerning the court’s discretion to exclude evidence of a defendant’s acceptance of a caution as evidence of bad character under the provisions of the CJA 2003;
  • Understand the Court of Appeal’s recent approach to the question of whether a PND could form evidence of bad character under the provisions of the CJA 2003;
  • Be aware of recent case law relating to the test for admissibility of non-defendants’ bad character;
  • Be aware of recent authorities considering whether evidence contained in text messages or letters is hearsay or not for the purposes of the CJA 2003;
  • Be familiar with the courts position regarding unavailable witnesses and hearsay applications;
  • Have considered the significance of findings of fact in family proceedings;
  • Have considered recent case law relating to false accounting;
  • Be aware of the current position regarding the prosecution of harassment cases.
Level:
General Interest Difficulty: 2 of 5
Classification:
Case Update
Sources and References:
  • A-G’s Reference (No. 1 of 1980) 72 Cr. App. R. 60 Pratt-v-DPP [2001] EWHC 483;
  • R v Hamer [2010] EWCA Crim 2053;
  • R v Horncastle and others [2009] UKSC 14;
  • R v Mount [2010] EWCA Crim 2974;
  • R v Olu [2010] EWCA Crim 2975;
  • R v Osborne [2007] Crim L R 710;
  • R v Shah [2010] EWCA Crim 2326;
  • R v Twist and others [2011] EWCA Crim 1143;
  • R v Weir [2006] 2 All E R 570;
  • R-v-Akinrele [2010] EWCA Crim 2972;
  • R-v-Bains [2010] EWCA Crim 873;
  • R-v-Chrysostomou [2010] EWCA Crim 1403;
  • R-v-Curtis [2010] EWCA Crim 123;
  • R-v-Reed; R-v-Garmson [2009] EWCA Crim 2698.

In this podcast Adrian Lower from the Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division of the Crown Prosecution Service discusses recent developments within criminal law and evidence focusing in particular on bad character, hearsay, false accounting, the significance of findings in family proceedings and harassment.

Date added: 25th January 2012

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