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Blackstone's Criminal Practice 2021 Thirty-first edition
Blackstone's Criminal Practice 2021 Thirty-first edition
Author: David Ormerod & David Perry
ISBN: 9780198867241
Publisher: Oxford
Date Published: 2020
Format: Hardback
Price: 420.00
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Led by Professor David Ormerod and David Perry QC, Blackstone's Criminal Practice brings together an expert team of authors with a commitment to deliver a work which offers the right coverage for criminal practice and authoritative statements of the law in a practical and accessible format. With an accompanying supplement containing essential primary materials and commentary updates throughout the year, and access to regular web updates and the additional analysis provided by Blackstone's Briefing, you can rely on Blackstone's Criminal Practice to be your constant companion.

The 2021 edition has been meticulously revised to provide extensive coverage of all new legislation, case law, Sentencing Guidelines, and Criminal Procedure Rules 2020 and Practice Directions. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Blackstone's Criminal Practice 2021 continues to provide readers with regular digital-only Special Supplements to cover temporary changes to the law and procedure implemented to address the criminal justice response to COVID-19.

Renowned for its ease of use with a clear, common-sense, structure and index to make the information you need instantly accessible.
Practical guidance on procedure and sentencing ensures the work is your essential companion through every stage of every trial.
Supplement 1, which will be available shortly after publication of the main book, contains the full updated text of the Criminal Procedure Rules, the Criminal Practice Directions, and the Sentencing Guidelines.
Additional two supplements, regular newsletters, web updates, and email alerts keep you fully abreast of all developments.
The digital edition offers instant online and offline access, full text searching, extensive links from citations to judgements on BAILII and ICLR, and tools to annotate, highlight, print, and share content.
You can create your own links to relevant extracts of Blackstone's content in the digital edition and share them, or embed them in other documents, with just a few clicks.
New to this edition:
Legislative developments including the Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Act 2020, the Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) (England, Wales and Scotland) Regulations 2019 and the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Amendment) Regulations 2019.
Coverage of key cases in Part A; Criminal Law includes Barton on dishonesty; Varley on conspiracy to commit fraud; Campenau and Mohamadi on intoxication; Foy on diminished responsibility and the impact of alcohol and drugs; and Abdulrahman on whether a finding that Convention rights have been infringed means a conviction is unsafe.
The updates on offences include abuse of process in cases following the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and DPP v Barreto on the interpretation of "use of a mobile phone whilst driving". The latest updates on Procedure include consideration of the availability of legal aid in contempt proceedings, treatment of costs for private prosecutions, and costs for representatives of defendants unfit to plead.
Updated case coverage in Part F; Evidence; includes Twigg on the admissibility of specimens obtained in breach of procedures under the RTA, and Nguyen on the evidential use that may be made of previous inconsistent statements.
The Criminal Procedure Rules 2020 (integrated with the Criminal Practice Directions 2015), and the Sentencing Guidelines, all with an updated paragraphing structure to reflect the primary instruments for ease of use and new cross-reference tables to make it easier to find Sentencing Guidelines for offences in the Crown Court and Magistrates' Courts.
Updates of the Sentencing Guidelines, including Public Order Offences and the Overarching principles: Sentencing offenders with mental disorders, developmental disorders, or neurological impairments, in force from October 1st 2020.
New expert contributors including HHJ Steven Everett (the Hon Recorder of Chester) HHJ Martin Edmunds QC (the Hon Recorder of Kensington), Professor Sally Kyd, Professor Alexander Mills, and Karl Laird.
Digital Special Supplements providing coverage of the criminal justice approach to COVID-19.
PART A: CRIMINAL LAW A1:Actus reus A2:Mens Rea: the external elements of an offence A3:General defences A4:Parties to offences A5:Inchoate offences A6:Corporate Liability A7:Human rights A8:Territorial and extra-territorial jurisdiction A9:European Union Law PART B: OFFENCES B1:Homicide and related offences B2:Non-fatal offences against the person B3:Sexual offences B4:Theft, handling stolen goods and related offences B5:Fraud and blackmail B6:Falsification, forgery and counterfeiting B7:Company, commercial and insolvency offences B8:Damage to property B9:Offences affecting security B10:Terrorism, piracy and hijacking B11:Offences affecting public order B12:Offences relating to weapons B13:Offences affecting enjoyment of premises B14:Offences against the administration of justice B15:Corruption B16:Revenue customs and social security offences B17:Offences involving misuse of computers B18:Offences involving writing, speech or publication B19:Offences related to drugs B20:Offences relating to dangerous dogs and animal welfare B21:Offences relating to money laundering and the proceeds of criminal conduct B22:Immigration offences PART C: ROAD TRAFFIC OFFENCES C1:Definitions and basic principles in road traffic cases C2:Procedure and evidence in road traffic cases C3:Offences relating to driving triable on indictment C4:Offences relating to documents triable on indictment C5:Drink-driving offences C6:Summary traffic offences C7:Sentencing C8:Schedules 2 and 3 to the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 PART D: PROCEDURE D1:Powers of investigation D2:The decision to prosecute and diversion D3:Courts, parties and abuse of process D4:Criminal Procedure Rules and case management D5:Preliminary procedures in magistrates' courts D6:Classification of offences and determining mode of trial D7:Bail D8:Assets recovery D9:Disclosure D10:Sending cases from the magistrates' court to the Crown Court D11:The indictment D12:Arraignment and pleas D13:Juries D14:Special measures and anonymity orders D15:Trial on indictment: general matters and pre-trial procedure D16:Trial on indictment: the prosecution case D17:Trial on indictment: the defence case D18:Trial on indictment: procedure between close of defence evidence and retirement of jury D19:Trial on indictment: procedure relating to retirement of jury and verdict D20:Trial on indictment: sentencing procedure D21:Summary trial: general and preliminary matters D22:Summary trial: the course of the trial D23:Sentencing in the magistrates' court D24:Trial of juveniles D25:Behaviour orders: ASBOs, Closure Orders, SCPOs, and VOOs D26:Appeal to the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) following trial on indictment D27:Procedure on appeal to the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) D28:Reference to the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) following trial on indictment D29:Challenging decisions of magistrates' courts and of the Crown Court in its appellate capacity D30:Appeals to the Supreme Court and the role of the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights D31:Extradition D32:Public funding D33:Costs PART E: SENTENCING E1:Sentencing: general provisions E2:Custodial sentences: general provisions E3:Mandatory life sentences E4:Dangerous offenders E5:Prescribed custodial sentences E6:Suspended sentences E7:Custodial sentences: detention and custody of offenders under 21 E8:Community orders E9:Youth rehabilitation orders E10:Referral orders E11:Reparation orders E12:Absolute and conditional discharges E13:Binding over E14:Orders against parents E15:Fines E16:Compensation orders E17:Restitution orders E18:Deprivation and forfeiture orders E19:Confiscation orders E20:Recommendation for deportation E21:Exclusions and disqualifications E22:Mentally disordered offenders E23:Notification requirements under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 E24:Rehabilitation of offenders PART F: EVIDENCE F1:General principles of evidence in criminal cases F2:The discretion to exclude evidence; evidence unlawfully, improperly or unfairly obtained F3:Burden and standard of proof and presumptions F4:Competence and compellability of witnesses and oaths and affirmations F5:Corroboration and Care Warnings F6:Examination-in-chief F7:Cross-examination and re-examination F8:Documentary evidence and real evidence F9:Public policy and privilege F10:Opinion evidence F11:Admissibility of previous verdicts F12:Character evidence: evidence of bad character of accused F13:Character evidence: admissibility of evidence of accused's good character F14:Character evidence: evidence of bad character of persons other than the accused F15:The rule against hearsay: general principles F16:Exceptions to the rule against hearsay (excluding confessions) F17:The rule against hearsay: confessions F18:Evidence of identification F19:Inferences from silence and the non-production of evidence APPENDICES Appendix 1:Codes of Practice under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 Appendix 2:Attorney-General's Guidelines Appendix 3:The Code for Crown Prosecutors Appendix 4:Disclosure

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