Category Archives: Road traffic

The use of compelled testimony in criminal proceedings

Introduction This is the first of two articles exploring the use of compelled testimony in criminal proceedings. This article asks whether there are any circumstances in which compelled testimony can be lawfully admitted against the compelled person. The second article will ask whether there is any prohibition on admitting compelled testimony against a defendant other […]

Does causing death by careless driving always mean prison?

The modern road safety regime means that, even if you haven’t touched a drop of alcohol, carelessness behind the wheel resulting in death could land you with a sentence of up to five years’ imprisonment. That’s the effect of the death by careless driving offence Parliament introduced in 2006. But what aggravating factors will a court take into account when sentencing careless drivers?