Bad Character

Speaker: Monica Stevenson
Chambers: 25 Bedford Row

Bad Character
Monica Stevenson
Criminal Defence Barrister
25 Bedford Row

A thorough session on the practical steps you must be familiar with to navigate the law on bad character evidence

Three key areas
1. What is meant by Bad Character in the terms of the legislation?
2. Practical steps for the defence application
3. Resisting the prosecution application

Bad Character Applications
Legislation and Meaning
Practical Dos and Don’ts
Making or Resisting an Application
Extra Points
Misconduct and the Definition
CPR and CJA 2003
Commission of an Offence
Reprehensible Behaviour
Lies
Dishonesty
Drink
Drugs
Promiscuity
The Importance of understanding Bad Character
early in the case
Adducing non Defendant Bad Character
Bad Character relating to client
Prosecution applications
Disclosure
History
Facts
Gateway F Section 101
Clear instructions on past offending
Basis of plea
Sentencing
Factual matrix
Passage of Time
Age
Sentencing
Mens rea
Practical approach
Identify qualifying evidence early
Be Alive to the Facts
Lodge applications within time limits
to oppose or make application
Discuss With Client at All Stages
Constantly evolving issue through trial
Clear understanding for your s 100 application
Timing and deferral
Admitting bad character via the Seven Gateways
s 101 CJA 2003
False impression
Safeguards
Gateway G and D
s 101 ss (1)( 3)
Adverse effect
Excluding the evidence
Gateway D
Propensity
R v Mitchell
Directions to the Jury “In the Round”

Presented by Monica Stevenson who is a criminal defence Barrister with the 25 Bedford Row Crime Team

You are welcome to contact Monica Stevenson regarding your caseload by e mailing here

clerks@25bedfordrow.com

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