The law and procedure relating to sexual offences is notoriously complex. Since the advent of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, the law (both as to the offences and as to sentencing) changes depending on when the offence was committed, the
age of the parties involved and the nature of the act committed.
This new edition of the Sexual Offences Handbook has been updated to reflect the latest law, practice and procedure in all cases involving historic and recent sexual offences, providing a step-by-step approach from the perspectives of both
prosecution and the defence.
Written by practitioners and academics with extensive experience of researching, preparing and presenting such trials, this practical and accessible work will prove an invaluable reference for those working within this specialised area of criminal law. This new edition:
* covers new legislation, case-law and guidance
* is essential for dealing with all recent and/or historic allegations
* considers new sexual offences sentencing guidelines
. deals with indecent images and other prohibited publications
Felicity Gerry QC specialises in high profile, serious and complex fatal, sexual and violent offences.She has appeared on all major television and radio networks and writes regularly for the broadsheet and legal press. She holds a research post at Charles Darwin University and has a column in Criminal Law and Justice Weekly. Catarina Sjoelin is a senior lecturer at Nottingham Trent University. She spent 15 years at the Bar ultimately specialising in tough cases involving a wide range of serious violence, appearing on behalf of the defence or prosecution. She has written for Counsel Magazine and Criminal Law and Justice Weekly. Lyndon Harris is a barrister, sentencing expert and legal commentator. He sits on the board of the Halsbury's Law Exchange. He has appeared on national television and radio to discuss and explain matters pertaining to the criminal law and sentencing and has written for The Times, The New Statesman and Criminal Law and Justice Weekly. He writes for and edits Banks on Sentence and is co-editor of UK Criminal Law Blog.
Foreword Acknowledgements List of Abbreviations Sex Crime Trial Chart Sex Crime Checklist PART ONE - PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE Chapter 1 Preliminaries Chapter 2 Witnesses Chapter 3 Evidence Chapter 4 Defendants (Identified) Chapter 5 Defences (Other than Consent) PART TWO - LAW Chapter 6 Historic Sexual Offences (Offences Committed before 1 May 2004) Chapter 7 Undated and Spanning Offences (Offences Committed on or after 1 January 1957 to Date) Chapter 8 Current Sexual Offences (Offences Committed on or after 1 May 2004) Chapter 9 Indecent, Prohibited and Pornographic Images and Obscene Publications PART THREE - SENTENCING Chapter 10 Sentencing in General Chapter 11 Sentencing for Offences Committed before 4 April 2005 Chapter 12 Sentencing for Offences Straddling 1 May 2004 or 4 April 2005 Chapter 13 Sentencing for Offences Committed on or after 4 April 2005 Chapter 14 Orders and Requirements which May be Imposed Irrespective of when the Offence was Committed Chapter 15 Orders Available on Separate Application by the Police Chapter 16 Sentencing Tables PART FOUR - OTHER OFFENCES Chapter 17 Other Relevant Offences Index