Malicious Communications - An Update for Criminal Lawyers
Public figures and private citizens can both fall victim to unwarranted attacks on social media and throughout lockdowns cases of such abuse have risen.
The response of the police has often been to charge under the Malicious Communications Act 1988 or the Communications Act 2003.
The High Court has recently considered the law on malicious communications and this virtual classroom seminar will update both the prosecution and defence on recent developments.
What You Will Learn
This live broadcast will cover the following:
- The mens rea and actus reus of the two main offences
- Section 127 Magistrates Courts Act limitation issues
- A round-up of significant case law
- Human rights issues - when is ‘free speech’ criminalised?
- CPS legal guidance
- Can you prosecute privately in the face of police inaction?
- Listing arrangements for high profile cases in the Magistrates Court
- Sentencing guidelines
- What do you want to know?
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.