Anthony and Berryman's Magistrates' Court Guide 2020

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2020 Edition. Up to date to 1 October 2019
Anthony & Berryman’s Magistrates’ Court Guide 2020 is the definitive guide to all activities of the magistrates’ court and provides a completely up-to-date picture of the law as at 1 October 2019.

Six sections cover the following topics:

• Criminal offences dealt with in magistrates' courts
• Sentencing
• Road traffic offences
• Property in possession of police
• The youth court
• Liquor licensing
• Betting and gaming licensing
• Council tax
• Court room procedure
• Remands in custody and bail
• Justices in the Crown Court
• The role of the justices' clerk
• Applications to a justice

Practical and easy to use, it is the single most important guide to all the activities of the magistrates' court, containing straightforward and concise coverage of new case law.

The 2020 edition includes the follow updates:

• the HMCTS Reform Update
• the new sentencing guidelines
• The latest cases on:
o Housebuilder defence where defendant became a trespasser after entering the premises
o Resist PC where other officers were not acting in the execution of their duty
o Offensive weapons and ‘reasonable excuse’
o Possession of indecent images and proof of knowledge
o Sexual touching – when purpose is relevant
o Plying for hire – bookings through the Uber app
o Psychoactive substances – the psychoactive effect may be produced directly or indirectly
o Proceedings for gang/drug dealing-related injunctions are civil in nature
o Sexual harm prevention orders – indefinite ban on internet access impermissible
o When car parks are ‘other public places’
o Need for strict compliance with mode of trial procedures
o Absent defendants and sick certificates
o Need for Newton hearing where homophoic aggravation is disputed
o Issue of search warrants where post-arrest search powers are available


 Adrian Turner Author