Criminal Case Law Update 2019

An overview of what can be learnt from recent criminal case law

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Course Overview

This is a very practical session during which lecturer Colin Beaumont will provide commentary on key case law in order to bring viewers up to date with key areas of criminal law and practice.

Aimed at criminal practitioners having to advise on difficult issues at an early stage, the contents of the PET form for example, this session will cover the following:

The differences between a DTO and YOI sentence
How to deal with admissions in interview when sentencing
Section 35A and 35B of the RTOA 1988
When trials should not take place in absence
Section 240 and 240A of the Criminal Justice Act 2003
The circumstances in which an either-way offence may be reduced to a summary-only offence
The circumstances in which a Crown Court Judge may review and increase a sentence under Section 155 of the PCC (S) A 2000

Essential for anyone advising clients in the area of custody, this course will ensure that practitioners realise that they are able to assist magistrates’ and crown court judges when reaching decisions and that they know how to do so successfully.

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar, review the supporting documentation and complete the short quiz to test your legal knowledge
  • This course provides 0.5 CPD points

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:
  • • Be aware of the circumstances in which you might be required to assist the court in regarding case law
  • • Be familiar with the law on custody and driving disqualifications
  • • Have considered the best advice to give concerning compensation orders
  • • Appreciate the importance of keeping up to date with new case law, offences and sentences available to the court
  • • Be able to recognise circumstances in which the client may become liable for a sentence as ‘an offender of particular concern’
  • • Feel confident when certain things are sprung upon you, as they often are at court!

What is the target audience?

  • Criminal practitioners including probationary and accredited police station representatives and duty solicitors


About Instructor - Colin Beaumont

Colin Beaumont graduated in law in 1981 and qualified as a Barrister in 1982. He worked for many years in the Magistrates’ Court service until 1996 when he re-qualified as a Solicitor and joined a large criminal legal aid practice. He became a partner with the firm. He retired as a solicitor in 2016 and has returned to his Inn of Court at The Inner Temple. Colin has been teaching the profession for the last 25 years and continues to do so.

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinars

  • Webinars

Supporting Documentation

  • Slides
    5 Page


  • Quiz