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Sentencing Guidelines for Growing Cannabis

The Court of Appeal in the case of R v Healey and others [(2012) EWCA Crim 1005] has issued further guidance on the approach to sentencing those charged with Cultivating Cannabis, an offence which is particularly prevalent. This case gives advice as to the approach to be taken to the guidelines issued by the Sentencing Guidelines Council in February of this year. The guidelines consider the level of harm done and the culpability of the offender. The case of Healey makes it clear that the level of harm is dictated by quantity and the likelihood of the cultivation increasing the general supply in the community. Judges are advised not to simply accept a defendant's assertion that large quantities are for...

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Modernising family justice

A High Court Judge, Mr Justice Ryder, has been considering proposals for modernising the whole family justice system.  His report was published on 31 July 2012 and can be found here.  There are a number of quite radical recommendations to be introduced in two phases by 2014.  Some of the main points are: A single Family Court to replace the existing range of magistrates’ courts, county courts and the High Court, which all deal with family cases. A 6 month time limit for concluding care proceedings over children, except in exceptional cases. Detailed arrangements for leadership and management of judiciary to ensure better case listing and more judicial continuity. Restrictions on the use of expert evidence. More standard case management...

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