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Length:
30 minutes of audio
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In this podcast dog law expert Jo Morris from 1 Inner Temple Lane gives an overview of the law, penalties and pertinent authorities relating to dangerous dogs offences, including the offence of having a dog dangerously out of control in a public place and the offence of possessing a dog banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

Outcomes:
After completing the course you will:
  • Understand the key provisions of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991;
  • Be aware of the relevant law relating to keeping a dog under proper control in a public place;
  • Understand the difference between a section 3 offence and the aggravated form of the offence;
  • Be aware of how the court goes about assessing whether a dog is ‘dangerous’ for the purposes of the Act;
  • Understand the role experts play in dangerous dog cases;
  • Be aware of the sentencing options available to the court in dangerous dog cases;
  • Be able to identify the factors a court will take into account when determining whether a Destruction Order or Contingent Destruction Order should be made;
  • Have considered the ancillary offences than can be attached to Destruction/Contingent Destruction Orders;
  • Be aware of the new Sentencing Guideline for dangerous dog offences from August 2012.
Level:
Intermediate Difficulty: 3 of 5
Classification:
Case Update
Introduction
Legal Principles
Practical Guide
Sources and References:
  • Bates v DPP [1993] 157 JP 1004;
  • Briscoe v Shattock [1998] EWHC Admin 929;
  • Dangerous Dogs (Amendment) Act 1997;
  • Dangerous Dogs Act 1991;
  • Dangerous Dogs Compensation and Exemption Scheme Order 1991;
  • Defra Guidance to Enforcers (March 2009);
  • Home Office Circular 29/1998;
  • Home Office Circular 67/1991 para 34;
  • Home Office Circular 80/1992;
  • Home Office Circular 9/1994;
  • Peter Fellowes v CPS [1993] Crim LR 523;
  • Pit Bull Gazette, vol 1, issue 3 1977;
  • R v Bezzina (Codling and Elvin) [1994] 1 WLR 1057;
  • R v Bogdal (2008) EWCA Crim 1;
  • R v Flack [2008] EWCA Crim 204;
  • R v Gavin Huddart [1999] Crim LR 568;
  • R v Gedaminintaite & Collier [2008] EWCA Crim 814;
  • R v Jacqueline Cox [2004] EWCA Crim 282;
  • R v Knightsbridge Crown Court ex p Dunne; Brock v DPP [1993] 4 All ER 491;
  • Rafiq v Inspector Alan Folkes [1997] 161 JP 412.

In this podcast Jo Morris, a barrister from 1 Inner Temple Lane gives an overview of the law relating to dangerous dogs, looking in particular at offences under section 1 and section 3 of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

Date recorded: 25th July 2012

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