Criminal Evidence - An Update for Criminal Lawyers
This virtual classroom seminar will cover changes in criminal evidence including evidential issues at the police station, Magistrates’ Courts and Crown Courts, and disclosure of unused material.
What You Will Learn
This live broadcast will cover the following:
- The new Attorney General’s Guidelines on Disclosure published in December 2020
- Evidential and unused material issues in the Criminal Procedure Rules 2020 (as amended by the Criminal Procedure Rules 2021)
- Evidential issues prior to the interview of the suspect at the police station stage
- The new 2021 PET forms in both the Adult Magistrates’ Court and the Youth Court and the guidance issued in relation to these forms
- The structure of a Criminal Trial in the Magistrates’ Court - an examination of Rule 24 of the Criminal Procedure Rules 2020 (as amended)
- Expert evidence and the need to fully appreciate the substantially re-written Rule 19 of the Criminal Procedure Rules 2020 (as amended)
- The important things you need to know about bad character - the bad character of defendants and witnesses (witnesses for the Prosecution or witnesses for the Defence) - including applications that you can make during the trial itself
- A consideration of the following bad character decisions - R v Ridgeway and R v Spottiswood
- The important things you need to know about hearsay - sections 114, 115, 116,118, 119 and 120 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 - statements being read, and witnesses being permitted to give evidence of reported speech during a trial
- Text messages - the circumstances in which they are probably not hearsay statements - a consideration of the very important case of Twist and the most recent decision - R v Bedward 
- The statement of a witnesses being read under the hearsay provisions when the witness had attended the Court hearing - Randell and the DPP
- The evidential examination of devices (sometimes referred to as the ‘digital strip search’) - the important case of CB and SM and the Queen  - also the case of McPartland and Grant 
- The current position on body worn cameras and the admissibility of the evidence under the res gestae exception
- Domestic burglary or non-domestic burglary - the evidential considerations explored in Chipunza and Regina  - also a consideration of the very important case of Hudson and the Crown Prosecution Service
- The various duties upon both the prosecution and the defence once a ‘not guilty’ plea has been entered in Court proceedings - the 2021 position
Recording of live sessions: Soon after the Learn Live session has taken place you will be able to go back and access the recording - should you wish to revisit the material discussed.
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