Anne Sacoolas, a US citizen, has pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving via video link at a plea and case management hearing at the Old Bailey on 20 October 2022. The preliminary hearing took place at Westminster Magistrates Court on 28 September 2022, also remotely, where she was granted unconditional bail. The CPS has accepted her plea despite having initially charged her with causing death by dangerous driving in December 2019. Sentencing has been adjourned to the end of November 2022, raising questions regarding the length and nature of the sentence and whether she will serve any custodial sentence in the UK, US or at all.
BCL associate Daniel Jackson article has been published by Open Access Government, reviewing the recently published sentencing guideline for offenders with mental disorders, developmental disorders or neurological impairments.
BCL’s Daniel Jackson reviews the recently published sentencing guideline for offenders with mental disorders, developmental disorders or neurological impairments, which is effective from 1 October 2020.
BCL partner, John Binns writes for Lexis Nexis considering the new Code for Private Prosecutors, issued by the Private Prosecutors’ Association (PPA) and the effect it will have on those
bringing and defending private prosecutions.
One of the lesser known, often poorly understood provisions of the confiscation regime under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) is section 22, which provides an opportunity to the prosecutor to invite a ‘reconsideration of the available amount’. For many defendants who have been through the process, had an order made and in many cases satisfied that order in full, the first they have heard of that section is the letter informing them that such an application is to be made.