Book Launch: Blackstone's Guide to the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008

Tuesday 3 February 2009

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Garden Court Chambers is proud to announce the publication by Oxford University Press of the Blackstone's Guide to the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008. Edited by Maya Sikand, contributing authors are Kate Aubrey Johnson, Adrian Berry, Brenda Campbell, Anya Lewis, Anna Morris and Tom Wainwright.

The Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 draws together a wide range of policy issues, from youth justice to 'foreign criminals'. The book will be invaluable to both criminal and civil practitioners.

A large part of the Act focuses on sentencing and is a response to our overcrowded prisons. The Act introduces 19 new criminal offences (including incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation and possession of extreme pornographic images), and a number of significant changes to criminal law and procedure. The Act also expands on the range of civil 'behaviour orders' available in the criminal courts by extending the existing 'crack house' closure order regime for premises upon which anti-social behaviour takes place and by introducing a new Violent Offender Order.

The Act also includes significant amendment to the Police Act 1996 and the Police Reform Act 2002 concerning police misconduct proceedings following the 2005 Taylor Report as well as reform to the system for the payment of compensation following miscarriages of justice.

Changes to immigration law includes the introduction of a new restricted immigration status, following the Home Secretary's defeat in the Court of Appeal in the 'Afghan Hijackers' case in 2006.

This new Blackstone's Guide combines the full text of the Act with an expert narrative. It seeks to explain the scope and impact of the Act, including the civil liberties implications, and bring practitioners right up-to-date with this complex piece of drafting. Presented in a straightforward layout, it enables ease of use as a reference source.

The Blackstone's Guide Series delivers concise and accessible books covering the latest legislative changes and amendments. They offer expert commentary by leading names on the effects, extent and scope of the legislation, plus a full copy of the Act itself.

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