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Crown Court and Magistrates’ Court Updates

Speaker: Stefan Bisson
Chambers: Great James Street Chambers

Stefan Bisson is an accomplished Criminal Defence and Immigration Law Barrister tasked with cases at the Crown and Magistrates Court and with international cross boundary experience in a range of other matters also. His work at Great James Street Chambers echoes well the understandings needed for criminal defence community active in police stations and courts and this update is again an essential tool for those candidates seeking current updates in those areas

Stefan will discuss

The state of the courts

The backlog and the pandemic

Nightingale courts

Remote hearings

Criminal Legal Aid Review

Sentencing Act 2020 – the new code s1.1

Timings and Delay        R v T 2020

Covid conditions           R v Manning 2020

Victim Impact Statements       R v Karan Panta

Facial Recognition technology unlawful in

R (On application of Edward Bridges) v Chief Constable South Wales Police

Prosecution failings and their duty      R v Gould 2021

Custody time limits extended to eight months

No duty to state nationality in Magistrates Court

Police Crime Sentencing Courts Bill, Marches and static protest

Impact, Illegal protest, Noise and serious disruption

Gypsies and Travellers

New drug sentencing and categorisation for GHB

Law Friends Community

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Stefan Bisson is a Direct Access qualified Barrister working predominantly in Crime and Human Rights. Stefan enjoys providing strong representation for those without a voice.

Stefan defends and prosecutes in the Crown, Magistrates’ and Youth Courts. He is a grade 1 prosecutor. He is instructed on legal aid matters and represents private clients and companies.

Stefan practices in immigration law, consisting of asylum, human rights, deportation, detention, citizenship/nationality, work visas, student visas, family reunion and entry clearance cases. Stefan has experience as an advocate at the FTT and the UT and regularly drafts grounds, skeleton arguments, PAP’s and applications.

Prior to his call to the Bar, Stefan worked as a litigation paralegal at White & Case LLP and Boies Schiller Flexner. There, he dealt with complex investor state arbitration disputes as well as complex and high- profile matters in the Commercial Court and Court of Appeal. Whilst working as a paralegal, Stefan also worked as a County Court Advocate appearing in MOJ Stage 3 proceedings and summary judgment claims. As a volunteer at the Free Representation Unit, Stefan successfully appealed two ESA decisions.

Stefan has also worked as a Panel Secretary for the Nursing and Midwifery Council, gaining key insights into the NMC tribunal process.

Stefan is currently offering his services Pro Bono for any ‘Black Lives Matters’ protestors that are unable to secure legal aid.