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Short Update: UK barristers publish guide to new coronavirus criminal offences to prevent more unlawful prosecutions and convictions

FairTrialsAdmin - May 13, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, New criminal offences, Extended police powers

Barristers from Doughty Street Chambers have published a ‘Guide to Coronavirus offences’ for the public, police and lawyers, in order to deal with the “concerning trend of police overreach and casual criminalisation, often of young or other potentially vulnerable people”. 

This follows the numerous unlawful prosecutions and convictions of people in the UK, mainly in England, under new coronavirus laws and regulations, including homeless people – despite the relevant regulation specifically excluding them. The Crown Prosecution Service is conducting a review into all convictions under the new laws

However, the barristers who have produced this extremely useful guide also call for the ‘transparent review” of “all fixed penalty notices that have been issued”. 

See the guide here: Guide to Coronavirus offences 

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