Latest news in criminal justice

Stay up to date by taking a look at our monthly Digest – this month features the revised PACE Code E.

Every month we publish our legal Digest which gives you the latest news on matters relating to operational policing practice and criminal justice.

It is an invaluable resource for those responsible for strategic decision-making, operational planning, and police and law enforcement training.

This month's edition features the revised Code E of the Codes of Practice to the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE).

This revision, brought into force following consultation on 2 February 2016, details four offences that are exempt from the requirement that interviews of individuals regarding indictable offences must be audio-recorded.

The Digest is particularly informative for students and operational officers, as well as those involved in other areas outside of policing or those who have an interest in policing and criminal justice.

Every edition contains summaries of the key developments in police law and practice, including new legislation, statutory instruments and case law; recently published government reports and initiatives and the latest statistical bulletins.

The February edition also includes:

•           reports of cases on the following:

  • the admissibility of bad character evidence and evidence relating to the mental state of a co-defendant
  • a claim for damages after the claimant was shot by a police officer
  • whether the so-called 'householder defence' is incompatible with Article 2 of the ECHR

•           the Women and Equalities Committee report on transgender equality

•           the Sentencing Council assessment of the burglary guideline

•           the HMIC inspection on communicating with victims

•           the outcome of the consultation reforming the powers of police staff and volunteers

•           proposed new legislation and statutory instruments.

There are also articles on:

•           a social network analysis of a street gang

•           the latest crime statistics

•           consultations on:

  • the complaints process for police and crime commissioners,
  • closer working between the emergency services
  • the penalties for using a handheld mobile phone while driving, and
  • the College's proposals for a Policing Education Qualifications Framework

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