24 December 2020A query received by the Legal Team at PNLD recently, divided opinion. Although a definitive answer could not be found due to an absence of case law on the matter; the differing perspectives made for interesting reading. As such, PNLD Legal Adviser, Zoe McDonald, has provided an overview of the issue and the varying perspectives.
Legal News & Articles
10 December 2020The Offensive Weapons Act 2019 amends various pieces of legislation with the effect that it becomes an offence to possess certain dangerous knives, offensive weapons, firearms and ancillary equipment which it was previously lawful to possess, along with detailing for the surrender of such items.
10 December 2020Section 44 of the Offensive Weapons Act 2019 is in force from 10 December 2020, insofar as it provides a defence for a person charged with an offence under section 1(1) of the Restriction of Offensive Weapons Act 1959. The defence is added to section 1 of the 1959 Act.
01 December 2020The Sentencing Act 2020 came in force on 1 December 2020. Whilst the Act streamlines procedural sentencing matters, it does not replace sentencing guidelines, alter any pre-existing maximum sentences, or introduce harsher penalties.
25 November 2020This article, written by PNLD’s traffic law consultant, Christopher Smith, provides an overview of the rules, legislation changes and offences that apply to rental e-scooters trials.
25 September 2020PNLD Legal Adviser, Shelley Gregory, provides an overview of the advice received by PNLD from external sources, regarding police powers to obtain biometrics from a suspect arrested for an excess offence that is still under investigation.