The Home Office’s Serious Crime Act and the Ministry of Justice’s Criminal Justice and Courts Act recently received Royal Assent; this update includes operational guidance about each piece of legislation.
Criminal Justice and Courts ActPlease find attached operational guidance and advice about the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015. A copy of these documents can be found here. The Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 received Royal Assent on 12 February 2015. Across its five parts the Act:
- introduces new criminal offences;
- amends the sentencing and release arrangements for convicted offenders; and
- amongst other things, delivers the Government’s package of judicial review reforms.
Serious Crime ActPlease also find attached a circular detailing the provisions in the Serious Crime Act 2015 that will come into force on either the 3 May or the 1 June 2015. The Serious Crime Act received Royal Assent on 3 March.
The following provisions come into force on 3 May:
- Amendments to the Computer Misuse Act 1990, including the new offence designed to ensure that sentences for serious attacks on computer systems fully reflect the damage they cause;
- The new offence targeting people who knowingly participate in an organised crime group;
- The extension of the scope of Serious Crime Prevention Orders;
- New powers to seize, detain and destroy chemical substances suspected of being used as cutting agents for illegal drugs; and
- The new offence of possessing ‘paedophile manuals’.
- Amendments to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002;
- Extension of the scope of gang injunctions;
- The new offence of unauthorised possession of a knife or other offensive weapon in prison.
Copies of both Acts can be found at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/.