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Led by The Right Honourable Lord Justice Hooper and David Ormerod, 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 onBlackstone's CriminalPracticeto 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 Quarterly Updates, and monthly web updates, you can trustBlackstone's Criminal Practiceto provide reassurance on all the latest developments in criminal law and procedure.
Blackstone's Criminal Practice is written by a distinguished team of contributors, representing the accumulated experience of the academic world, the Bench, the Bar, and the solicitors' profession. The team is headed by Lord Justice Hooper and Professor David Ormerod.
Table of Contents
MAIN VOLUME PART A: GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF THE LAW A1. Actus reus: the external elements of an offence A2. Mens Rea 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, Blackmail and Deception 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, hunting 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. Evidence and procedure 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. Civil behaviour orders: ASBOs, Closure Orders, CPOs, 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 House of Lords 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. Custodial sentences for dangerous offenders under the Criminal Justice Act 2003 E5. Prescribed custodial sentences E6. Suspended sentences under the Criminal Justice Act 2003 E7. Custodial sentences: detention and custody of offenders under 21 E8. Community Order under the Criminal Justice Act 2003 E9. Youth rehabilitation orders E10. Referral order 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 CPS Code for Crown Prosecutors Appendix 4 Disclosure (SIMULTANEOUS) SUPPLEMENT 1 The Consolidated Criminal Practice Direction The Criminal Procedure Rules 2012 Sentencing Guidelines