The government’s 300-page criminal justice bill currently working its way through the House of Commons is something of a pick‘n’mix; stuffed with a disparate assortment of measures covering many different parts of the criminal law.

From the government’s point of view, the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021 (the bill) boasts an appetising selection of reforms, designed to hit the public’s sweet spot. But for many lawyers in the criminal law field, the bill is a collection of ill-thought-through, populist reforms that are bitter on the taste buds, and very hard to swallow.   

The jury is out

One element of the bill certainly causing furrowed brows among ...

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