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Magistrates Court Update

Speaker: Helen White
Chambers: Stokoe partnership Solicitors

Magistrates Court Update 2
Helen White
Stokoe partnership Solicitors

Helen is a Criminal Defence Lawyer with over 15 years experience preparing and defending serious criminal offences. From protest to POCA; theft through to murder. Helen maintains a hands on, detailed approach during criminal proceedings in the Magistrates and Crown Courts.

Here Helen outlines essential updates by outlining changes to legislation and sentencing guidelines that may be encountered in Magistrates courts. This includes: updates to legislation concerning assaults on emergency workers, out of court disposals, as well as new sentencing guidelines for child cruelty offences and possession of offensive weapons.

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Magistrates Court

Assault on Emergency Workers (November 2018)

Out of Court Disposals (November 2018) 

Cruelty on Child Sentencing Guidelines (January 2019) 

New Intermediary Offences Guideline (October 2018) 

Bladed Articles & Offensive Weapons (June 2018)

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018 

Offences Against the Person Act 1861

Sexual Offences Act 2003

Magistrates’ Court Sentencing Guideline

Fixed Penalty Notices


Harm Categories


Intimidatory Offences

Aggravating Factors

More about Helen White:

Helen White was shortlisted in the Criminal Defence category for The Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards in 2018.

Helen, a Chartered Legal Executive Advocate, practices in the field of criminal law, undertaking all manner of cases ranging from minor road traffic to serious crime. She has been nominated for the award due to her commitment to providing high quality criminal defence advice and representation under legal aid.

In addition to an impressive serious crime caseload, Helen has acted in a series of increasingly high profile protest cases relating to protests against tree felling in Sheffield and anti-fracking in Derbyshire and North Yorkshire. Helen has a strong regional reputation for defending in protest cases and now has a wide following and reputation in this area.

Helen has also recently been invited to be one of the founding members of the Women in Criminal Law group.

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