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Rook and Ward on Sexual Offences

Rook and Ward on Sexual Offences
Law & Practice
5th Edition, Mainwork & 1st Supplement
Practice Area:  Criminal Law
ISBN:  9780414071216
Published by:  Sweet & Maxwell
Publication Date:  30 Apr 2019
Format:  Hardback, eBook - ProView
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This supplement to the 5th edition of Rook & Ward on Sexual Offences updates all aspects of the law and procedure in respect of the law governing the prosecution of sexual offences from 2016. New topics and chapters are also included, making this much more than just an update supplement. These include new expert contributions on specialist subjects.

  • NEW CHAPTER on the assessment and treatment of sex offenders after sentencing
  • NEW CHAPTER on the law in respect of sexual offences in Scotland
  • NEW CHAPTER on sexual violence and related offences under International Criminal Law
  • Includes all new significant new case law including the Divisional Court decision in December 2018 in Monica (R. on the application of) v DPP, on which deceptions are capable of vitiating consent
  • Covers the new section 67A of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 which makes ‘upskirting’ a specific offence from January 2019.
  • Chapter 30 (Historic Cases) is updated with Court of Appeal decisions including Forbes and others, where the Court considered the appropriate approach when sentencing offenders for sexual offences committed many years earlier. Many errors were identified in earlier decisions and those undertaking such cases need to be aware of the pitfalls.
  • Chapter 33 (Sentencing Guidelines) covers relevant Sentencing Council guidelines and the terms used in them for the purposes of categorisation. It includes two new guidelines: the Sentencing Children and Young People: Overarching Principles and Offence Specific Guidelines for Sexual Offences and Robbery — Definitive Guideline applies to the sentencing of young offenders on or after June 1, 2017. The Intimidatory Offences – Definitive Guideline applies to offenders aged 18 and over who are sentenced on or after October 1, 2018, regardless of the date of the offence.
  • Appendix A covers the specific sentencing guidelines for the offence of disclosing private sexual images, contrary to s.33 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 of.
  • The new sentencing guidelines are also covered as appropriate in the relevant individual chapters.
  • Chapter 26 (Restrictions on Evidence or Questions about the Complainant’s Sexual History) covers the second Ched Evans appeal and its aftermath.
  • Chapter 27 (Vulnerable Witnesses and “Special Measures”) and Chapter 28 (Advocacy and the Vulnerable) were new to the 5th edition and this update includes important developments such as Court of Appeal guidance on advocate standards from Rashid (Yahya), and on Ground Rules Hearings resulting from Dinc.
  • Chapter 29 (Anonymity in Sex Cases) is updated to reflect the impact of Richard v BBC and Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police.


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