The Psychoactive Substances Act 2016

An essential overview of The Psychoactive Substances Act 2016, a key piece of criminal legislation

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Course Overview

The Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 came into force at midnight on 25th May 2016 with the purpose of making it illegal to produce, supply, import or export a psychoactive substance that is likely to be used to get high.

Delivered by Datalaw favourite Colin Beaumont, this course deals with the various offences created by the Act and is essential viewing for anyone involved in advising suspects at the police station stage or at court.

Offering an easily digestible approach to advising in the area of both intent and recklessness concerning the supply of such illegal ‘highs’ this course will also:

•    Examine some of the important case-law decisions that have been made since the implementation of the Act
•    Consider the specific offence concerning possession
•    Discuss the civil remedies available to the police rather than taking action by way of criminal offences
•    Ensure that practitioners understand how having a psychoactive effect upon someone is defined within the Act

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:
  • • Appreciate the importance of The Psychoactive Substances Act 2016
  • • Be aware of the peculiarities regarding simple possession of a legal high
  • • Know the maximum penalties available upon conviction under the Act
  • • Have considered the best advice to give to the client at that first listing in the Magistrates’ Court
  • • Understand the importance of the exempted substances within the Schedule
  • • Be able to recognise circumstances when the client may well be offered a caution at the police station stage!
  • • Feel confident when certain things are sprung upon you, as they often are, at the Court!

What is the target audience?

  • This course is suitable for probationary and accredited police station represenatives, trainee and qualified criminal practitioners


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

  • Webinar

Supporting Documentation

  • Slides
    7 Page


  • Quiz