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Criminal Law Update 2024

Speaker: Adam Smith
Chambers: Great James Street Chambers

Adam has an extensive practice focused on criminal, extradition and public law. Adam has a busy criminal practice appearing in the Crown and Magistrates’ Courts. His regular criminal practice has given him extensive exposure to new legal areas; a proving ground in which he has shown his ability to get to grips with difficult legal matters in a short space of time and communicate clear advice to his clients.

In this presentation, Adam presents a criminal law update, highlighting changes in a variety of areas of criminal law, revealing new offences an a number of new police protest-related powers. He then goes on to outline the new scales of costs for the Crown Prosecution Service that were introduced on the 1st May 2024, as well as new criminal procedure rules. He also provides updates on relevant case law, crown court policies, and sentencing guidelines.

Key words/topics

  • Online Safety Act Offences
  • Drone Offences
  • The Air Navigation (Restriction of Flying) (Prisons and Young Offender Institutions) (England and Wales) Regulations 2023
  • Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Amendment) Order 2024
  • Public Order Act 2023
  • Stop and Search without suspicion
  • Serious Disruption Prevention Orders
  • New Scales of Costs
  • Criminal Procedure Rules
  • Attorney General’s Guidelines on Disclosure
  • Thompson v CPS [2024] EWHC 470 (Admin)
  • R (Molina) v Snaresbrook Crown Court [2024] EWHC 816 (Admin)
  • R v Layden [2023] EWCA Crim 1207
  • CCDCS and Common Platform
  • Rape trial backlog initiative
  • Sentencing Council Guidelines Update
  • R v Ahmed [2023] EWCA 1521