Essential Criminal Law (OCR) - 12th October 2020


If you have purchased a PSC pack and you would like to book this course, please contact to make your booking.

This programme is delivered online live, allowing delegates to interact with expert presenters from either a computer or mobile device.  For an overview of the technology and live class experience, watch our short explanatory video to find out more.

How is it delivered?

Same content as a traditional course just spread over 2 days in shorter 3 hour sessions.  No more travel no more losing a day out of the office.

Session 1

Monday 12th October 2020 09:30 am - 12:45 pm

Session 2

Wednesday 14th October 2020 09:30 am - 12:45 pm

* Please note that each session has 15 minutes of non teaching time included, this is to ensure we have time to help you get set up ahead of your learning  
* Before purchasing we advise that you check your system compatibility with this
online test passing tests 1,2 & 3 means you're good to go number 4 is not so important.


2017 was another important year for legislation with the Policing and Crime Act 2017 and various Statutory Instruments bringing into force Sections of legislation which had been put on the Statute Book earlier than 2017. It was also a very interesting year for publications by the Sentencing Council and some extremely interesting decisions from the Supreme Court on matters such as, for example, the altered test for dishonesty. This course will be of interest to anyone involved in the day-to-day practice of criminal law in England and Wales. It would be great if you had the time available to keep up-to-date with all of the changes but that is just not possible. This course will bring you up to date with everything of major importance that has occurred in the last 12 months.

Course overview:

This course has been written by a person involved in advising in the area of criminal law for 35 years. The object of the course is to bring to your attention those matters of importance which have occurred over the last 12 months. The emphasis will be upon new legislation, important case-law and guidance published by The Sentencing Council.

Learning outcomes:

  • Advise suspects on the pre-charge bail position under the Policing and Crime Act 2017 (April 2017) and upon their position when released pending further enquiries/investigation
  • Better assist the Court in difficult sentencing areas – avoiding many of the mistakes that were made in the case of Maxwell (August 2017)
  • Have a thorough understanding of the new Guidelines published by the Sentencing Council in relation to credit for an early indication of guilt in the proceedings (June 2017)
  • Have a thorough understanding of the new Guidelines published by the Sentencing Council in relation to the sentencing of children and young people (June 2017)
  • Understand the new test of dishonesty (replacing Ghosh) following the Supreme Court decision of Ivy (October 2017)
  • Have a better understanding of the Criminal Procedure Rules 2015 and the 4 documents that have been published since October 2015 which amend these Rules
  • See how the drug driving legislation is working in practice and how it fits into the existing legislation on alcohol in this area
  • Appreciate your role (whether as prosecutor or defence) in case management following the High Court decision of Hassani (June 2017)
  • Better understand the role of the Attorney General when appealing the leniency of a sentence imposed by a Crown Court – numerous cases on this in 2017
  • See at a glance the things you missed out on during the year by going through the 100 written questions and 100 written answers on things of importance in the last 12 months for criminal practitioners

6 hours

Duration of access:

You will have access to the programme for 6 months from date of of the first live session (this includes recordings, learning materials, certificate of completion and other programme information). 

"A CPD certificate of completion will be provided by BPP Professional Education Limited upon request, following attendance."

25 seats available.
Price: £445.00 (excludes VAT)