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Blackstone's Criminal Practice 2021 (with Supplements 1, 2 & 3) isbn 9780198867258

Blackstone's Criminal Practice 2020 (with Supplements 1, 2 & 3)

Edited by: David Ormerod, David Perry, HHJ Peter Murphy, et al

ISBN13: 9780198849247
New Edition ISBN: 9780198867258
Previous Edition ISBN: 9780198828457
Published: October 2019
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback & 3 Supplements
Price: Out of print

Led by Professor David Ormerod and David Perry QC, our team of authors has been hand-picked to ensure that you can trust our unique combination of authority and practicality.

With a simultaneous supplement containing essential materials, you can rely on Blackstone's Criminal Practice to be your constant companion through every courtroom appearance.

This new edition has been meticulously revised to provide extensive coverage of all new legislation, case law, and Practice Directions.

With supplements, free digital newsletters, and fortnightly web updates, you can trust Blackstone's Criminal Practice to provide reassurance on all the latest developments in criminal law and procedure.

  • Supplement 2 was published in March 2020
  • The Main Work & Supplement 1 was published in October 2019
New to this Edition:

  • Coverage of all new developments including key case law, the Offensive Weapons Act 2019, the Voyeurism Offences Act 2019, the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019, the Crime (Overseas Production Orders) Act 2019, and the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Act 2018
  • Distinguished new member of the Advisory Editorial Board: HHJ Deborah Taylor, and author team: HHJ Jonathan Cooper
  • Neutral citations added throughout to make referencing even easier
  • Updated Criminal Procedure Rules (integrated with the Criminal Practice Directions), Sentencing Guidelines, including the new General Guideline: Overarching Principles, Child Cruelty, Manslaughter, Arson and Criminal Damage, and appendices of relevant PACE codes
  • Further enhancements to the supplement, inlcuding brand new tables of expanded explanations for aggravating factors, and factors reducing seriousness or reflecting personal mitigation.

Criminal Law, Courts and Procedure

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    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Criminal Procedure Rules and Criminal Practice Directions
    Sentencing Guidelines