Legal News & Articles

Legal Article: An Interpretation of the Voyeurism Offences - The Filming of a Partner During Sexual Intercourse Without Consent is a Criminal Offence

25 April 2020

The recent case of R v Richards 2020, which was heard at the Criminal Division of the Court of Appeal on 28 January 2020, saw the court interpret a ‘private act’ for the offence of voyeurism, and in particular with regards to the use of recording equipment.  Legal Adviser, Shelley Gregory, takes a look at the case and the relevant legislation.

Legal Article: Use of Force in Relation to Mental ill Health and Capacity

25 March 2020

Front line officers regularly come into contact with persons suffering from mental health problems. In such circumstances, officers have an obligation to assess whether a particular individual poses a threat to themselves or the public, and where appropriate, take intervening action to rectify any threat.  Often, this results in officers using physical intervention tactics, equating to use of force.

Legal Article: Stalking Protection Orders

25 February 2020

The Stalking Protection Act 2019 came in force on 20th January 2020, permitting new civil Stalking Protection Orders (SPOs) to be made without the need for criminal proceedings to have commenced. These orders were introduced to fill a gap within the existing protective measures, allowing early police safeguarding and pre-conviction intervention.

Legal Article: Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses Act 2019

25 January 2020

The Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses Act 2019 (the Act) came in to force on 20 January 2020 and has brought England in line with a long and increasing list of countries that have already banned the practice. PNLD Legal Adviser Ian Bridges outlines the Act in our latest article.