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Police MattersBeing a victim or the witness of a crime can be a distressing experience. Below we offer some useful guidance to assist you in understanding your legal rights and what to expect from the criminal justice system if you are affected by crime in any way. There is also some introductory information on criminal law and details of how to get help when you need it.


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Can consent be a defence to abduction?

Date: 01 Aug 2017, Filed under: Criminal Law

Generally speaking, consent may not be used as a defence. In R v A [2000] 2 All ER 177; [2000] 1 Cr App R 418 at 182; 424 (CA), it was held that...

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In R v Donovan [1934] 2 KB 498; All ER 207; 25 Cr App R 1 (at 509; 212; 13), Swift J in the Court of Criminal Appeal said the following in relation to...

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Date: 01 Jun 2017, Filed under: Murder, Criminal Law

Manslaughter as an offence falls into two categories: voluntary manslaughter, where the intention of the offender was to cause death or grievous bodily...

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