For this offence the act must be committed after the commencement of proceedings and within a year of proceedings being finally concluded. the constable saw a breach of the peace being committed; there was a reasonable necessity for calling upon the defendant for assistance; when called on to do so the defendant, without any physical impossibility or lawful excuse, refused to do so. v Humphrys [1977] AC. At one time seduction was a crime in many states, but if the seducee (usually female) is of the age of consent and is not dr... (sees-in) n. an old feudal term for having both possession and title of real property. Any disposal of a corpse with intent to obstruct or prevent a coroner's inquest, when there is a duty to hold one, is an offence. Most judgments in lawsuits are not self-executing an... n. 1) obtaining relief or enforcing one's rights without resorting to legal action, such as repossessing a car when payments have not been made, retrieving borrowed or stolen goods, demanding and receiving payment or abating a nuisance (such as digging a ditch to divert flooding from another's prope... n. making statements or producing evidence which tends to prove that one is guilty of a crime. In the magistrates' court, the maximum penalty is six months' imprisonment and/or a fine to the statutory maximum. n. the right to purchase stock in the future at a price set at the time the option is granted (by sale or as compensation by the corporation). Scintilla is commonly used in reference to evidence, in the context that there must be a "scintilla of evidence" (at least a faint spark) upon which to base a judgment. You need to prove that the person harboured had escaped from prison or detention in a remand centre or Young Offenders' Institution and such provisions are construed strictly: see Nicoll v Catron (1985) Cr App R 339; Moss (1985) 82 Cr App R 116. 2) the improper hiding of evidence by a prosecutor who is constitutionally required to reveal to the defense all evidence. The offence of preventing the burial of a body (indictable only, unlimited imprisonment) is an alternative charge. The CPS should notify the AGO before making the application, which should be made via the Crown Court and passed to the Court of Appeal for consideration. ", n. the gift in a will of a certain piece of real estate to a certain person or persons. Thus, evidence seized without a search warrant or without "probable cause" to believe a crime has been committed and without time to get a search ... n. in the stock market, using secret "inside" information gained by being an official of a corporation (or from such an officer) to buy or sell stock (or real property wanted by the corporation) before the information becomes public (like a merger, poor profit report, striking oil). n. an attorney from outside of the government selected by the Attorney General or Congress to investigate and possibly prosecute a federal government official for wrongdoing in office. Joint tenancy includes the right of survivorship automatically, except tha... n. in criminal law, a penalty applied by a judge to a defendant convicted of a crime which the judge provides will not be enforced (is suspended) if the defendant performs certain services, makes restitution to persons harmed, stays out of trouble or meets other conditions. (see-nay kwah nahn) prep. Examples: a) plaintiff believes that ten y... n. in criminal prosecutions, the right of a defendant to demand a trial within a short time since to be held in jail without trial is a violation of the "due process" provision of the 5th Amendment (applied to the states by the 14th Amendment). It does not matter whether or not the acts result in a perversion of the course of justice: the offence is committed when acts tending and intended to pervert a course of justice are done. (A)(1) It is unlawful for a person to wilfully give false, misleading, or incomplete testimony under oath in any court of record, judicial, administrative, or regulatory proceeding in this State. Thus, a short cause may be called on the "short cause" calendar and get priority on the calendar since it can be fitted into the court's schedule and will not tie up a c... n. an order of the court in response to the motion of a party to a lawsuit which allows setting a motion or other legal matter at a time shorter than provided by law or court rules. Each state has a statute or constitutional provision li... n. a provision in a trust or will that states that if a prospective beneficiary has pledged to turn over a gift he/she hopes to receive to a third party, the trustee or executor shall not honor such a pledge. Such suppres... (sooh-prah) Latin for "above," in legal briefs and decisions it refers to the citation of a court decision which has been previously mentioned. A "limited partner," who is prohibited from taking part in management and has no liability for debts beyond his/her investment, is a true silent partner. n. 1) a financial penalty imposed by a judge on a party or attorney for violation of a court rule, for receiving a special waiver of a rule, or as a fine for contempt of court. He or she can then be reminded of the Court's powers under the Contempt of Court Act 1981. Such offences go to the heart of the administration of justice. Most legal disputes are settled prior to trial. In common parlance a suit asking for a court order for action rather than a money judgment is often called a "petition," but technically it is a "suit in equity.". n. having an understanding of one's actions and reasonable knowledge of one's family, possessions and surroundings. Perjury and subornation of perjury. Examples of post trial conduct appropriate for a s.51(2) charge are: Where a person who has been acquitted of an offence is later convicted of an administration of justice offence involving interference with, or intimidation of a juror or a witness (or potential witness) in the proceedings which led to their acquittal, application may be made to the High Court to have the acquittal set aside as "tainted" - see Section 54 and 55 Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996. Intending to cause another person to fear harm, he threatens to do an act, which would harm that other person. False declarations before grand jury or court . 2) having taken possession of evidence for use in a criminal prosecution. Damages (payoff for worth) for slander may be limited to actual (special) damages... n. a division of most municipal, city or other lowest local courts which hear cases involving relatively small amounts of money and without a request for court orders like eviction. false statements on oath made otherwise than in a judicial proceeding: s.2; false statements etc with reference to marriage: s.3; false statements as to births or deaths: s.4; false statutory declarations and other false statements without oath: s.5; false declarations etc to obtain registration etc for carrying on a vocation: s.6; false statements with reference to civil partnerships: s.80 Civil Partnership Act 2004. s.51(1) creates an offence directed at acts against a person assisting in the investigation of an offence or a witness or potential witness or juror or potential juror whilst an investigation or trial is in progress; and. An act which harms and is intended to harm another person, or intending to cause another person to fear harm, threatens to do an act which would harm that other person. To actually obtain the shares of stock the owner of the option must "exercise" the option by paying the agreed upon price and requesting issuance of the shar... n. a law enforcement officer's search for a weapon confined to a suspect's outer clothing when either a bulge in the clothing or the outline of the weapon is visible. 2) the term of an appeals court covering several months (as in the "Spring Term" or the "October Term"). Section 51 is concerned with the protection of persons who are involved with criminal, as opposed to civil, investigations and/or trials. Example: Teal Testator wills her 2,000 shares of IBM stock "to my four nephews, Matthew, Mark, Luke ... n. the owner of one or more shares of stock in a corporation, commonly also called a "stockholder." More commonly called alimony, spousal support is the term used in California and a few other states as part of new non-confrontational language (such as "dissolution" instead of "divorce") now used ... n. a future right to title to real property created by a deed or will. any lack of security, for example, an open prison. which he knows to be false or does not believe to be true, and. Destroying evidence 120 . the acts wrongfully expose another person to risk of arrest or prosecution; the obstruction of a police investigation is premeditated, prolonged or elaborate; the acts hide from the police the commission of a serious crime; a police investigation into serious crime has been significantly or wholly frustrated or misled; the arrest of a wanted person for a serious crime has been prevented or substantially delayed, particularly if the wanted person presents a danger to the public or commits further crimes; the acts completely frustrate a drink/drive investigation thereby enabling the accused to avoid a mandatory disqualification; the acts strike at the evidence in the case. 1) n. inventory (goods) of a business meant for sale (as distinguished from equipment and facilities). If a person does an act which intimidates another with the requisite knowledge or belief then he is presumed to have done so with the necessary intent unless the contrary is proved (s.51(7)). A person commits an offence contrary to s.51(1) when doing to another person: Note, there must be an investigation underway at the time of the alleged act. Local statutes or laws are usually called "ordinances." n. allowing a debt or claim which has priority to take second position behind another debt, particularly a new loan. title 9. of crimes against the person involving sexual assault, and crimes against public decency and good morals The nature of the proceedings with which the defendant was trying to interfere; The consequences, or possible consequences, of the interference. Long-term solitary confinement may be found... n. 1) having sufficient funds or other assets to pay debts. In the absence of any other aggravating features, it is unlikely that it will be appropriate to charge perverting the course of justice in the following circumstances: In these circumstances, the alternative offences of wasting police time and obstructing the police should be considered, but may not be necessary in the public interest depending upon the nature of the misrepresentation and the circumstances of the offence. Popularly, "sentence" ... n. in community property states (California, Texas, Arizona, Idaho, Louisiana, New Mexico, Nevada and Washington), the property owned by one spouse which he/she acquired: a) before marriage, b) by inheritance, c) as a gift, d) assets traceable to other separate property such as money received from s... n. married persons living apart, either informally by one leaving the home or agreeing to "separate" while sharing a residence without sexual relations, or formally by obtaining a "legal separation" or negotiating a "separation agreement" setting out the terms of separate living. ... n. a person or entity that transfers his/her/its legal right to collect a claim to another (subrogee) in return for payment of the subrogor's expenses or debts which he/she/it claims. The constitutional limitations on seizure are the same as for search. a defendant has knowingly made a false declaration as to disqualification by virtue of a previous conviction; and. Under the British system, the litigator or trial attorney takes special training in trial work and is called a "barrister." n. an agreement, usually on a procedural matter, between the attorneys for the two sides in a legal action. n. a document issued by the court at the time a lawsuit is filed, stating the name of both plaintiff and defendant, the title and file number of the case, the court and its address, the name and address of the plaintiff's attorney, and instructions as to the need to file a response to the complaint ... n. the name used in 16 states for the basic county trial court. n. an English attorney who may perform all legal services except appear in court. The theory behind appointing a special prosecutor is that there is a built-in conflict of interest between the Depa... n. the jury's decisions or findings of fact with the application of the law to those facts left up to the judge, who will then render the final verdict. Service by publication is used to give "constructive notice" to a defendant who is intentionally absent, in hiding, unknown (as a possible de... n. the delivery of copies of legal documents such as summons, complaint, subpena, order to show cause (order to appear and argue against a proposed order), writs, notice to quit the premises and certain other documents, usually by personal delivery to the defendant or other person to whom the docume... n. real property which has an easement or other use imposed upon it in favor of another property (called the "dominant estate"), such as right of way or use for access to an adjoining property or utility lines. Such cases apart, harm in this context is to be given its ordinary meaning of "physical harm" (R v Normanton 1998, CLR, May 220). If the witness has lied to protect his or her own interests rather than with an intent to pervert the course of justice, a prosecution may be unnecessary. The last person to be pilloried in England was Peter James Bossy, who was convicted of "wilful and corrupt perjury" in 1830. A charge of perverting the course of justice should, however be reserved for serious cases of interference with the administration of justice. By contrast "broad construction" looks to what ... n. automatic responsibility (without having to prove negligence) for damages due to possession and/or use of equipment, materials or possessions which are inherently dangerous, such as explosives, wild animals, poisonous snakes or assault weapons. Such division of issues in a trial is sometimes also called "bifurcation." Obstructing a coroner may also amount to an offence of perverting the course of justice. The 5th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees that one cannot "be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself…" and the 14th Amendment applies that guarantee to state cases. n. an employee of an employer, technically one who works for a master. Sedition usually involves actually conspiring to disrupt the legal operation of the government and is beyond expression of an ... n. the use of charm, salesmanship, promises, gifts and flattery to induce another person to have sexual intercourse outside marriage, without any use of force or intimidation. Specific performance may be ordered instead of (or in addition to) a judgment for money if the contract can still be performed an... n. possible financial loss or expenses claimed by a plaintiff (person filing a lawsuit) which are contingent upon a future occurrence, purely conjectural or highly improbable. It will seldom be necessary to charge more than one offence. Example: the seller of a busi... n. a banking and lending institution, chartered either by a state or the federal government. The purpose of the procedure is to protect the sanctity of jury deliberations and the basis for their decisions in any case. They are called securities because the assets and/or the profits of the corporation or the credit of the government stand as secu... n. a payment required by a landlord from a tenant to cover the expenses of any repairs of damages to the premises greater than normal "wear and tear." Section 90 Police Act 1996 creates several offences relating to the impersonation of police officers or the possession of articles of police uniform, namely: The circumstances of the case may disclose more than one of these offences. referring to the equal division of a benefit from an estate, trust or gift, which includes the right of the survivors to divide the portion of any beneficiary who dies before receiving the gift. If so, no further argument is permitted. 2) in some statutes, "shall" is a direction but does not mean mandatory, depending on the context. If the lawsuit or claim is not filed before the statutory deadline, the right ... n. a written offer of a specific sum of money made by a defendant to a plaintiff, which will settle the lawsuit if accepted within a short time. The obstruction must be 'wilful', meaning the accused must act (or refuse to act) deliberately, knowing and intending his act will obstruct the constable: Lunt v DPP [1993] CLR 534. In the absence of such proof, other public justice offences, such as obstruction or perverting the course of justice, can provide alternative charges. A corporation's state of domicile is the state ... n. a pre-trial meeting of attorneys before a judge required under federal Rules of Procedure and in many states required to inform the court as to how the case is proceeding, what discovery has been conducted (depositions, interrogatories, production of documents), any settlement negotiations, proba... n. a federal or state written law enacted by the Congress or state legislature, respectively. Thus, an attorney asks a witness a question, and the opposing lawyer objects, saying the question is "irrelevant, immaterial and incompetent," "leading," "argumentative," or some other objection... v. 1) to declare under oath that one will tell the truth (sometimes "the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth"). attacking or threatening to attack the home of someone who provided a police observation point, or police informant; attacking or threatening to attack the home or family of a police officer or other witness; assaulting or threatening to assault a former juror or witness who gave evidence; scaring customers away from a former juror's business. Second degree murder is different from first degree murder, which is a premeditated, intentional killing or results from a vicious crime such as arson, rape or armed robbery. 3) a nation's government. An attorney-in-fact given authority to act for another person by a power of attorney may sign for the one givi... n. a non-legal term for an investor who puts money into a business, takes no part in management and is often unknown to customers. concealing an arrestable offence: s.5 Criminal Law Act 1967. it would ensure the better presentation of the case as a whole; for example, a co-defendant has been charged with an indictable offence and the statutory offence is summary only. In a case in which the Defendant believed (wrongly) that there was an investigation underway, it may be appropriate to charge him with attempting the s.51(1) offence. the assisting is aimed at preventing or hindering the trial process (as opposed to the arrest or apprehension of an accused); the facts are so serious that the court's sentencing powers for the statutory offence are considered inadequate; admissible evidence of the principle offence is lacking. The offence, therefore, cannot be committed in respect of a person who escapes from custody whilst in transit to or from prison, or from court etc. n. a document in which the party to a lawsuit states that his/her attorney of record is being substituted for by another attorney or by the party acting for himself/herself (in propria persona). It must be recorded with the County Recorder (or Recorder of Deeds) to clear the title to the real property owned by the person who paid off the debt. Normally the departing attorney and the replacement attorney will both sign the document, agreeing to the... n. the statutory rules of inheritance of a dead person's estate when the property is not given by the terms of a will, also called laws of "descent and distribution.". In building construction, subcontractors may include such trades as plumbing, e... adj. is part of a deliberate attempt to serve on a jury. The settlor usually transfers the original assets into the trust. Proof of this offence does not require proof of the specific intent required for obstructing a coroner. n. in criminal law, the imposition of the penalty for each of several crimes, one after the other, as compared to "concurrent sentences" (at the same time). The misrepresentation is discovered before a significant period of time has elapsed. Statutory Provisions and Guidelines of the Antitrust Division. Where the defendant was in custody facing only summary offences (or either way offences where he has consented to summary trial) you should consider the availability of other charges, such as assault or obstruction. If a fine, the sanction may be paid to the court or to the opposing party to compensate the other side for inconvenience or... n. receiving payment or performance of what is due. Find out more about Treasury Counsel and how y…. The force used in sel... adj. App. police resources have been diverted for a significant period (for example 10 hours); a substantial cost is incurred, for example a police helicopter is used or an expensive scientific examination undertaken; when the false report is particularly grave or malicious; considerable distress is caused to a person by the report; the accused knew, or ought to have known, that police resources were under particular strain or diverted from a particularly serious inquiry; there is significant premeditation in the making of the report; the report is persisted in, particularly in the face of challenge. If it is alleged that a jury member has been approached with a view to influencing the verdict, and a full scale investigation is needed to investigate the matter, the CCP should be consulted before further enquiries are made. Slander is a civil wrong (tort) and can be the basis for a lawsuit. The servant has established hours or piece work, is under ... n. 1) paid work by another person, either by contract or as an employee. results in the police losing the opportunity to obtain important evidence in a case. Whether the act is done in the presence of the victim. The Perjury Act does not cover making an untrue statement to obtain a passport. n. a specific amount stated in a contract or negotiable instrument (like a promissory note) at the time the document is written. Attempts are often made to threaten or persuade a witness not to give evidence, or to give evidence in a way that is favourable to the defendant. In 1816, use of the pillory was restricted in England to punishment for perjury or subornation. perpetrating a bomb hoax - s.51(2) Criminal Law Act 1977; false alarms of fire - s.49 Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004; fraudulent insurance claims based on false reports of crime - deception. Perjury is regarded as "one of the most serious offences on the criminal calendar because it wholly undermines the whole basis of the administration of justice": Chapman J in R v Warne (1980) 2 Cr. Survivorship is particularly applied to persons owning real property or other assets, such as bank accounts or stocks, in "joint tenancy." The original statute was enacted in England in 1677 to prevent fraudulent title claims. Both are illegal in most states as unfair business practices and may result in criminal penalties or refusal of a court to enforce a contract (... n. any loan or credit in which property is pledged as security in the event payment is not made. 118 – Perjury Defined; 127 – Subornation of Perjury; 132 – Offer Forged or Altered Documents (Felony) 134 – Falsifying Documents (Felony) 146b – Simulating Official Inquiries (Misdemeanor) 146c – Use of Terms “Police,” “Law Enforcement,” etc. n. actions of an employee which further the business of the employer and are not personal business, which becomes the test as to whether an employer is liable for damages due to such actions under the doctrine of respondeat superior (make the master answer). 3) cattle. Perjury generally . 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