Two new criminal offences introduced under the Criminal Finances Act 2017 have recently come into force. One of these offences applies to the evasion of UK taxes and the other applies to the evasion of foreign taxes. It was already a crime to evade tax, or deliberately help another person…

A new report from Europol has revealed that efforts across the EU to tackle money laundering offences are meeting with limited success. According to the report, EU Financial Intelligence Units received almost one million reports in 2014, and over 65% of these reports were received by just two Member States…

The Department for Transport has recently given an insight into the attitude of members of the public towards transport-related issues in Britain, as revealed in the British Social Attitudes Survey 2016. The survey covered issues such as willingness to change current travel behaviours, attitudes to the environment and transport, congestion…

An experimental programme in England for policing domestic abuse has led to a substantial reduction in reoffending. Researchers at Cambridge University’s Institute of Criminology worked with Hampshire Constabulary to conduct the study using the recently developed CARA (Cautions and Relationship Abuse) programme: small-group discussion workshops for men who received conditional…

The Scottish Sentencing Council has launched a consultation exercise to seek the views of the public over the development of Scotland’s first sentencing guideline.  The guideline sets out the principles and purposes of sentencing for all offences and will influence how offenders are sentenced in Scotland’s courts.  Although some relevant…

The Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU) has been involved in a number of recent successful money laundering prosecutions. The DCPCU The DCPCU is a unique proactive police unit, with a national remit, formed as a partnership between UK Finance, the City of London Police and the Metropolitan Police…

Members of the public are being asked for their views on proposals to repeal the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Act 2012. James Kelly MSP has introduced a Members Bill to fully repeal the 2012 Act, as he believes that the current law is “illiberal”, doesn’t tackle sectarianism…

The Scottish Government has set out a series of practical measures it intends to take to tackle and prevent hate crime in Scotland. These measures will be focused primarily on tackling prejudice and building stronger communities. Hate crime is defined in law as a criminal act that is aggravated by…

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At the moment we are still working as close to normal as possible. The criminal justice system is in turmoil. It can’t stop, so to that extent at the moment we are regarded as “essential workers”.

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