Legal News & Articles

Legal Article: Domestic Abuse Act 2021

25 May 2021

Abuse of men/women in a domestic setting has existed for many years and sadly still occurs.  Attempts have and are being made to stop this abuse.  The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 seeks to continue in this endeavour by raising awareness and understanding of domestic abuse and further improving the effectiveness of the justice system.  T

Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Act 2021

07 May 2021

The Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Act 2021 makes considerable changes to terrorist sentencing, TPIMs and Serious Crime Prevention Orders in terrorism cases. The changes are made by amendments to existing legislation, such as the Sentencing Act 2020, and will mainly come into force on 29 June 2021.

Firearms (Amendment) Rules 2021

07 May 2021

The Firearms (Amendment) Rules 2021 amend the Firearms Rules 1988, from Friday 7 May 2021, to clarify the condition imposed on the grant or renewal of a firearm or shotgun certificate in rules 3(4) and 5(4) of the Firearms Rules 1998.

Legal Article: Antique Firearms

25 April 2021

The number of antique firearms used in crime has remained at a relatively high level over the last few years, with the absence of a legal definition of ‘antique firearm’ being exploited by criminals. Following a public consultation, a new statutory definition for antique firearms has now been legislated. PNLD Legal Adviser, Danielle Johnson explores the new definition and the changes to the law in more detail.

'Antique firearms' definition and new Regulations

29 March 2021

Section 58(2) of the Firearms Act 1968 exempts firearms regarded as antique from most of the controls under the Act. This includes being able to possess a firearm without a firearms certificate and to trade in them without being registered with the police as a firearms dealer. From 22 March 2021, the Act is amended to provide a definition of 'antique firearm' by inserting subsections (2A) to (2H) into section 58.

Legal Article: The Sentencing Act 2020

27 March 2021

On 1st December 2020, the Sentencing Act 2020 came into force. Its aim is to consolidate the law of sentencing procedure into one single Act, thereby making it more transparent and accessible. This article, written by PNLD Legal Adviser Christiane Rabenstein, explains the background to this Act and examines some of its main features and its relevance to the police.