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Book with CD/DVD

Published: 08 December 2020

3728 Pages

9.7 x 6.7 inches

ISBN: 9780198867265

Bookseller Code (07)

A new practitioner law publication

Blackstone's Criminal Practice 2021 (Book, All Supplements, and Digital Pack)

Thirty-first edition

Edited by David Ormerod QC (Hon) and David Perry QC

  • Your single point of reference for the criminal courts.
  • Professor David Ormerod QC (Hon) and David Perry QC lead a team of expert contributors.
  • 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.
  • The Supplement contains the full updated text of the Criminal Procedure Rules, the Criminal Practice Directions, and the Sentencing Guidelines.
  • 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.

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