07 May 2021The 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.
Legal News & Articles
07 May 2021The 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.
25 April 2021The 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.
29 March 2021Section 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.
27 March 2021On 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.
02 February 2021Section 170 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (the Act), governs what a driver must do if they are involved in an accident. This article, written by PNLD’s traffic law consultant, Christopher Smith, examines the main provisions of the section and outlines some of the relevant case law. Please note the term ‘accident’ is used in its legal sense within the terms of section 170.