September 27, 2018

Arriving at court this morning for trial in a 'fail to provide' a specimen of blood' case, that at first blush might have appeared to being run on a weak defence, I wasn't too taken aback by both the prosecutors dismissive tone or the legal advisers comments to the eff...

September 15, 2018

This week ‘private prosecutions’ have made the news, following the announcement by Marcus J Ball that, after a couple of years of fund raising and investigations, Boris Johnson was to the one and only target of his campaign to bring the ‘liars of Brexit’ to justice. I...

April 6, 2018

Today a number of provisions relating to private landlords came into effect. Although part of a wider legislative campaign to improve conditions in the private rented sector, the provisions may well catch some smaller landlords unawares. These follow quick on the heels...

March 15, 2018

Leaving Margate Magistrates court a few weeks ago, I lit up a cigarette and took a wander through the old town, before heading for the car. 

Having finished my cigarette, I browsed a few windows and held on to the cigarette end until I found a bin, as is my usual practi...

December 6, 2017

Drink driving and facing disqualification. Possible defences to drink-driving offences.

November 12, 2017

As I was listening to the news last night. there was a report that Laura Plummer, a British national, had now been charged with the importation of Tramadol into Egypt and would be facing a trial. The reporter then said that Tramadol is legal in the UK but not so in Egy...

October 5, 2017

One of the news items that is sure to get a response on social media, is that of animal welfare offences and what is often perceived as the leniency of the sentences imposed after high profile cases are reported. A recent local case brought forward responses from other...

October 2, 2017

I think if I were to be 14 again, the prospect of finding a drone at the foot of my bed on Christmas day

would be one of unparalleled excitement.  As the cost of these devices comes down, the attraction of these items as a Christmas present is unquestionable. However, i...

September 27, 2017

Locally, probably the most commented upon issue on 'social media' is that of waste and it's inappropriate and of course, unlawful disposal. Whilst low level fly tipping is dealt with by the local authority, the Environment Agency has the statutory powers to deal with t...

September 25, 2017

Many people convicted of driving with excess alcohol leave court with a pretty clear idea as to the length of their driving disqualification, but for a significant number, there is a shock further down the line.

Contrary to popular belief, there is no 'right' to hold a...

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