Subject: Crime
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  1. A v United Kingdom (Human Rights: Punishment of Child) (BAILII: [1998] ECHR 85 ) [1998] 3 FCR 597, (1999) 27 EHRR 611, [1998] 2 FLR 959
  2. Abdul-Hussain & Ors (BAILII: [1998] EWCA Crim 3528 ) [1999] Crim LR 570 191
  3. Adomako (BAILII: [1994] UKHL 6 ) [1994] 3 WLR 288, [1994] 3 All ER 79, [1995] 1 AC 171
  4. Allen [1988] Crim LR 698
  5. Alphacell v Woodward (BAILII: [1972] UKHL 4 ) [1972] AC 824
  6. Anderton v Ryan (BAILII: [1985] UKHL 5 ) [1985] AC 560
  7. Andrews v DPP (BAILII: [1937] UKHL 1 ) [1937] AC 576
  8. Applin v Race Relations Board (BAILII: [1974] UKHL 3 ) [1974] 2 All ER 73, [1975] AC 259
  9. Attorney General for Hong Kong v Yip Kai Foon (Hong Kong) (BAILII: [1987] UKPC 4 ) [1988] AC 642, [1988] 1 All ER 153, (1988) 86 Cr App R 368, [1988] 2 WLR 326
  10. Attorney General for Jersey v Holley (BAILII: [2005] UKPC 23 ) [2005] 3 WLR 29
  11. Attorney General for Northern Ireland v Gallagher (BAILII: [1961] UKHL 2 ) [1963] AC 349
  12. Attorney General's Reference (No 1 of 1975) (BAILII: [1975] EWCA Crim 1 ) [1975] 2 All ER 684; [1975] QB 773 (CA)
  13. Attorney General's Reference (No 2 of 1983) (BAILII: [1984] EWCA Crim 1 ) [1984] QB 456
  14. Attorney General's Reference (No 2 of 1999) (BAILII: [2000] EWCA Crim 91 ) [2000] QB 796, [2000] 2 Cr App R 207, [2000] 3 All ER 182, [2000] IRLR 417, [2000] 3 WLR 195
  15. Attorney General's Reference (No 6 of 1980) (BAILII: [1981] EWCA Crim 1 ) [1981] QB 715
  16. B v DPP (BAILII: [2000] UKHL 13 ) [2000] Crim LR 403, [2000] 2 AC 428, [2000] 2 WLR 452, [2000] 1 All ER 833
  17. Bainbridge [1960] 1 QB 129 (ICLR); [1959] 3 All ER 200 (CA)
  18. Bateman (1925) 19 Cr App R 8; [1925] All ER Rep 45; 28 Cox CC 33 (CA)
  19. Beckford v R (BAILII: [1987] UKPC 1 ) [1987] 3 WLR 611, (1987) 85 Cr App R 378, [1988] AC 130, [1987] 3 All ER 425
  20. Blake v DPP [1993] Crim LR 586; DC
  21. Bowen, R. v (BAILII: [1996] EWCA Crim 1792 ) [1997] 1 WLR 372, [1996] 2 Cr App R 157
  22. Bratty v Attorney General of Northern Ireland (BAILII: [1961] UKHL 3 ) [1963] AC 386, [1961] 3 All ER 523
  23. Briggs (BAILII: [2003] EWCA Crim 3662 ) [2004] Crim LR 495
  24. Burgess [1991] 2 QB 92 (ICLR) (CA)
  25. Byrne [1960] 3 All ER 1; [1960] 2 QB 396 (ICLR) (CA)
  26. Cheshire [1991] 3 All ER 670; [1991] 1 WLR 844 (ICLR) (CA)
  27. Clarence (1888)22 QBD 23 (ICLR)
  28. Clarkson (1971) 55 Cr App R 445; [1971] 1 WLR 1402 (ICLR); CMAC
  29. Collins v Wilcock (1984) 79 Cr App R 229; [1984] 1 WLR 1172 (ICLR); DC
  30. Commissioner of Police v Caldwell (BAILII: [1982] UKHL 1 ) [1982] AC 341
  31. Coney (1882) 8 QBD 534 (ICLR)
  32. Corbett, R. v (BAILII: [1996] EWCA Crim 1793 ) [1996] Crim LR 594
  33. Cunningham [1957] 2 QB 396 (ICLR) (CA)
  34. Curley (1909) 2 Cr App R 96 (CA)
  35. Curr [1968] 2 QB 944 (ICLR) (CA)
  36. Dias (BAILII: [2001] EWCA Crim 2986 ) [2002] 2 Cr App R 5
  37. Dica (BAILII: [2004] EWCA Crim 1103 ) [2004] 3 ALL ER 593, [2004] 2 Cr App R 28, [2004] QB 1257
  38. Dietschmann (BAILII: [2003] UKHL 10 ) [2003] 1 All ER 897, [2003] 1 AC 1209, [2003] 2 Cr App R 4, [2003] 2 WLR 613
  39. Dip Kau v Chief Constable of Hampshire [1981] 2 All ER 430; [1981] 1 WLR 578 (ICLR); DC
  40. Donovan [1934] 2 KB 498 (ICLR)
  41. DPP v Armstrong (BAILII: [1999] EWHC QB 270 ) [2000] Crim LR 379 QB
  42. DPP v Camplin (BAILII: [1978] UKHL 2 ) [1978] AC 705
  43. DPP v Gomez (BAILII: [1992] UKHL 4 ) [1993] AC 442, [1993] 1 All ER 1
  44. DPP v K [1990] 1 WLR 1067 (ICLR)
  45. DPP v Majewski (BAILII: [1976] UKHL 2 ) [1977] AC 443
  46. DPP v Morgan (BAILII: [1975] UKHL 3 ) [1976] AC 182
  47. DPP v Newbury (BAILII: [1976] UKHL 3 ) [1977] AC 500
  48. DPP v Ray (BAILII: [1973] UKHL 3 ) [1974] AC 370
  49. Dudley & Stephens (1884) 14 QBD 273 (ICLR)
  50. Duffy [1949] 1 All ER 932 (CA)
  51. Edwards v R. (Hong Kong) (BAILII: [1972] UKPC 1 ) [1973] 1 All ER 152, (1973) 57 Cr App R 157, [1973] AC 648, [1972] 3 WLR 893
  52. Elbekkay, R. v (BAILII: [1994] EWCA Crim 1 ) [1995] Crim LR 163
  53. Elliott v C [1983] 2 All ER 1005; [1983] 1 WLR 939 (ICLR) (CA)
  54. Fagan v MPC [1969] 1 QB 439 (ICLR); [1968] 3 All ER 442; [1968] 3 WLR 1120 (ICLR); DC
  55. Feely [1973] QB 530 (ICLR)
  56. Ferguson v Weaving [1951] 1 KB 814 (ICLR); DC
  57. Fitzmaurice (BAILII: [1982] EWCA Crim 1 ) [1983] QB 1083, [1983] 1 All ER 189, [1983] 2 WLR 227
  58. Fitzpatrick [1977] NI 20 (N. Ireland)
  59. Flack v Hunt (1979) 70 Cr App R 51; DC
  60. Flattery (1877) 2 QBD 410 (ICLR)
  61. Frankland & Anor v R. (Isle of Man) (BAILII: [1987] UKPC 3 ) (1988) 86 Cr App R 116, [1987] AC 576, [1987] 2 WLR 1251
  62. Geddes [1996] Crim LR 894
  63. Gibbins & Proctor (1918) 13 Cr App R 134 (CA)
  64. Gilmour (BAILII: [2000] NICA 10 (CA) [2000] NICA 10, [2000] Crim LR 763
  65. Haughton v Smith (BAILII: [1973] UKHL 4 ) [1975] AC 476
  66. Haystead v Chief Constable of Derbyshire (BAILII: [2000] 3 All ER 890 DC [2000] 2 Cr App R 339, [2000] EWHC QB 181, [2000] 3 All ER 890
  67. Hill v Baxter [1958] 1 QB 277 (ICLR)
  68. Hinks (BAILII: [2000] UKHL 53 ) [2000] 3 WLR 1590
  69. Hussey (1924) 18 Cr App R 160
  70. Hyam v DPP (BAILII: [1974] UKHL 2 ) [1975] AC 55
  71. Johnson v Youden [1950] 1 KB 544 (ICLR); DC
  72. Jones [1990] 1 WLR 1057 (ICLR)
  73. Jordan (1956) 40 Cr App R 152 (CA)
  74. Kemp [1957] 1 QB 399 (ICLR)
  75. Kennedy (BAILII: [2005] EWCA Crim 685 ) [2005] 2 Cr App R 23, [2005] 1 WLR 2159
  76. Khan [1990] 2 All ER 783; [1990] 1 WLR 813 (ICLR) (CA)
  77. King and Stockwell [1987] 1 All ER 547; [1987] QB 547 (ICLR)
  78. Kingston (BAILII: [1994] UKHL 9 ) [1995] 2 AC 355, [1994] 3 WLR 519, [1994] 3 All ER 353
  79. Lamb [1967] 2 QB 981 (ICLR)
  80. Larsonneur (1933) 24 Cr App R 74 (CA)
  81. Latimer (1886) 17 QBD 359 (ICLR)
  82. Lawrence v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (BAILII: [1971] UKHL 2 ) [1972] AC 626
  83. Le Brun [1991] 4 All ER 673; [1992] QB 61 (ICLR) (CA)
  84. Lesbini [1914] 3 KB 1116 (ICLR) (CA)
  85. Linekar (BAILII: [1994] EWCA Crim 2 ) [1995] 3 All ER 70, [1995] 2 WLR 237, [1995] QB 250
  86. Lipman [1970] 1 QB 152 (ICLR)
  87. Liyanage & Ors v The Queen (BAILII: [1965] UKPC 1 ) [1967] 1 AC 259, [1966] 2 WLR 682, [1966] 1 All ER 650
  88. Logdon v DPP [1976] Crim LR 121; DC
  89. Luc Thiet Thuan v R. (BAILII: [1996] UKPC 57 ) [1997] AC 131, [1996] 2 All ER 1033
  90. Martin 8 QBD 54 (ICLR)
  91. Maxwell v DPP for Northern Ireland [1978] 1 WLR 1350 (ICLR)
  92. McKnight v Davies [1974] RTR 4
  93. Meli & Ors v Queen (Basutoland) (BAILII: [1954] UKPC 1 ) [1954] 1 WLR 228, [1954] 1 All ER 3
  94. Miller [1954] 2 QB 282 (ICLR)
  95. M'Naghten's Case (BAILII: [1843] UKHL J16 ) 8 ER 718
  96. Mohan v R. (Trinidad and Tobago) (BAILII: [1966] UKPC 3 ) [1967] 2 AC 187, [1967] 2 WLR 676
  97. Moriarty v Brooks (BAILII: [1834] EWHC Exch J79 ) 172 ER 1419
  98. Moynes v Cooper [1956] 1 QB 439 (ICLR)
  99. National Coal Board v Gamble [1959] 1 QB 11 (ICLR)
  100. O'Grady (BAILII: [1987] EWCA Crim 2 ) [1987] QB 995
  101. Oxford v Moss (1978) 68 Cr App R 183
  102. Parmenter [1992] AC 714 (ICLR); (1991) 92 Cr App R 68; [1991] 2 All ER 225 (CA)
  103. Pembliton (1874) [2] CCR 119 (ICLR)
  104. Pitts (1842) C & M 284 54
  105. Pittwood (1902) 19 TLR 37
  106. Pommell (BAILII: [1995] EWCA Crim 7 ) [1995] 2 Cr App R 607
  107. Prince [1874-80] All ER Rep 881
  108. R (BAILII: [1991] UKHL 12 ) [1991] 4 All ER 481; [1992] 1 AC 599
  109. R v Ahluwalia (BAILII: [1992] EWCA Crim 1 ) [1992] 4 All ER 889; (1993) 96 Cr App R 133 (CA)
  110. R v Allen (BAILII: [1984] UKHL 6 ) [1985] AC 1029, 2 All ER 641
  111. R v Bailey (BAILII: [1983] EWCA Crim 2 ) [1983] Crim LR 353, (1983) 1 WLR 760
  112. R v Becerra & Anor (BAILII: [1975] EWCA Crim 6 )
  113. R v Bird (BAILII: [1985] EWCA Crim 2 ) [1985] 2 All ER 513, [1985] 1 WLR 816
  114. R v Birtles (BAILII: [1969] EWCA Crim 1 )
  115. R v Bland (BAILII: [1987] EWCA Crim 1 )
  116. R v Blaue (BAILII: [1975] EWCA Crim 3 )
  117. R v Bonner & Ors (BAILII: [1970] EWCA Crim 1 )
  118. R v Bow (BAILII: [1976] EWCA Crim 1 )
  119. R v Brown (BAILII: [1985] EWCA Crim 3 ) [1985] Crim LR 212
  120. R v Brown (BAILII: [1993] UKHL 19 ) [1993] 2 All ER 75, [1994] 1 AC 212, [1993] 2 WLR 556
  121. R v Burstow; R v Ireland (BAILII: [1997] UKHL 34 ) [1998] 1 Cr App Rep 177, [1997] 3 WLR 534, [1997] 4 All ER 225, [1998] AC 147
  122. R v Cato & Ors (BAILII: [1975] EWCA Crim 5 )
  123. R v Church (BAILII: [1965] EWCA Crim 1 )
  124. R v Clarke (BAILII: [1971] EWCA Crim 5 )
  125. R v Clegg (BAILII: [1995] UKHL 1 ) [1995] 1 AC 482, [1995] 1 All ER 334
  126. R v Cogan & Anor (BAILII: [1975] EWCA Crim 2 )
  127. R v Collins (BAILII: [1972] EWCA Crim 1 )
  128. R v Collis-Smith (BAILII: [1971] EWCA Crim 1 )
  129. R v Conway (BAILII: [1988] EWCA Crim 1 ) [1989] QB 290
  130. R v Cunningham (BAILII: [1981] UKHL 5 ) [1982] AC 566
  131. R v Denton (BAILII: [1981] EWCA Crim 4 ) [1981] 1 WLR 1446, [1982] 1 All ER 65
  132. R v Doughty (BAILII: [1986] EWCA Crim 1 ) (1986) 83 Cr App R 319
  133. R v Fook (BAILII: [1993] EWCA Crim 1 ) [1994] 2 All ER 552, [1994] 1 WLR 689
  134. R v G (BAILII: [2003] UKHL 50 ) [2004] 1 Cr App R 21, (2003) 167 JP 621, [2004] 1 AC 1034, [2003] 4 All ER 765, (2003) 167 JPN 955, [2003] 3 WLR 1060
  135. R v Ghosh (BAILII: [1982] EWCA Crim 2 ) [1982] 3 WLR 110, [1982] 2 All ER 689, [1982] QB 1053
  136. R v Gilks (BAILII: [1972] EWCA Crim 2 )
  137. R v Gould (BAILII: [1968] EWCA Crim 1 )
  138. R v Graham (BAILII: [1981] EWCA Crim 5 ) [1982] 1 All ER 801, (1982) 74 Cr App R 235, [1982] 1 WLR 294
  139. R v Hancock (BAILII: [1985] UKHL 9 ) [1986] AC 455, [1986] 1 All ER 641, [1985] 3 WLR 1014
  140. R v Hardie (BAILII: [1984] EWCA Crim 2 ) [1985] 1 WLR 64
  141. R v Hasan (BAILII: [2005] UKHL 22 ) [2005] 2 WLR 709
  142. R v Hennessy (BAILII: [1989] EWCA Crim 1 ) [1989] 1 WLR 287
  143. R v Holland (BAILII: [1841] EWHC QB J103 ) (1841) 174 ER 313
  144. R v Hopley (BAILII: [1860] EW Misc J73 ) 175 ER 1024, (1860) 2 F&F 202
  145. R v Howe (BAILII: [1986] UKHL 4 ) [1987] AC 417, [1987] 2 WLR 568, [1987] 1 All ER 771
  146. R v Hudson Taylor (BAILII: [1971] EWCA Crim 2 )
  147. R v Ibrams (BAILII: [1981] EWCA Crim 3 ) (1982) 74 Cr App R 154
  148. R v Johnson (BAILII: [1989] EWCA Crim 2 ) [1989] EWCA Crim 289
  149. R v Lambie (BAILII: [1981] UKHL 4 ) [1981] 2 All ER 776, [1982] AC 449
  150. R v Lloyd (BAILII: [1985] EWCA Crim 1 ) [1985] QB 829
  151. R v Marshall (BAILII: [2000] EWCA Crim 3530 ) [1998] 2 Cr App R 282
  152. R v Martin (BAILII: [1988] EWCA Crim 288 ) [1989] 1 All ER 652, [1988] EWCA Crim 2, (1989) 88 Cr App R 343
  153. R v Martin (BAILII: [2001] EWCA Crim 2245 ) [2002] 2 WLR 1, [2003] QB 1
  154. R v Merrick (BAILII: [1995] EWCA Crim 5 ) [1995] Crim LR 802, [1996] 1 Cr App R 130
  155. R v Miller (BAILII: [1982] UKHL 6 ) [1983] 2 AC 161, 1 All ER 978
  156. R v Moloney (BAILII: [1984] UKHL 4 ) [1985] AC 905, 1 All ER 1025
  157. R v Morris (BAILII: [1984] UKHL 1 ) [1983] 3 WLR 697, [1984] AC 320, [1983] 3 All ER 288
  158. R v Mowatt (BAILII: [1967] EWCA Crim 1 )
  159. R v Nedrick (BAILII: [1986] EWCA Crim 2 ) (1986) 83 Cr App R 267, [1986] 1 WLR 1025
  160. R v Olugboja (BAILII: [1981] EWCA Crim 2 ) [1982] QB 320
  161. R v Pagett (BAILII: [1983] EWCA Crim 1 ) (1983) 76 Cr App R 279
  162. R v Palmer (BAILII: [1970] UKPC 2 ) (1971) 55 Cr App R 223, [1971] AC 814, [1971] 1 All ER 1077, [1971] 2 WLR 831
  163. R v Powell (BAILII: [1997] UKHL 57 ) [1997] 3 WLR 959, [1997] 4 All ER 545
  164. R v Preddy (BAILII: [1996] UKHL 13 ) [1996] AC 815, [1996] 3 All ER 481, [1996] 3 WLR 255
  165. R v Quick & Anor (BAILII: [1973] EWCA Crim 1 )
  166. R v Rai (BAILII: [1999] EWCA Crim 2250 ) 164 JP 121, [2000] Crim LR 192, [2000] 1 Cr App R 242
  167. R v Richens (BAILII: [1992] EWCA Crim 3 ) [1993] 4 All ER 877
  168. R v Roberts (BAILII: [1971] EWCA Crim 4 )
  169. R v Rodger (BAILII: [1997] EWCA Crim 1760 ) [1998] 1 Cr App R 143
  170. R v Rook (BAILII: [1993] EWCA Crim 3 )(1993) 97 Cr App R 327; [1993] 1 WLR 1005 (CA)
  171. R v S & Anor (BAILII: [1983] EWCA Crim 5 ) (1984) 78 Cr App R 149
  172. R v Savage (BAILII: [1991] UKHL 15 ) [1991] 94 Cr App R 193, 4 All ER 698, [1992] 1 AC 699
  173. R v Saville (BAILII: [1980] EWCA Crim 1 ) (1980) 70 Cr App R 204, [1980] 1 All ER 861, [1981] QB 12, [1980] 3 WLR 151
  174. R v Shivpuri (BAILII: [1986] UKHL 2 ) [1987] AC 1
  175. R v Sibartie (BAILII: [1983] EWCA Crim 3 ) [1983] Crim LR 470
  176. R v Silverman (BAILII: [1987] EWCA Crim 3 ) (1988) 86 Cr App R 213
  177. R v Steer (BAILII: [1986] UKHL 6 ) [1987] 3 WLR 205, [1987] 2 All ER 833, [1988] AC 111
  178. R v Stephenson (BAILII: [1979] EWCA Crim 1 ) [1979] QB 695
  179. R v Tabassum (BAILII: [2000] EWCA Crim 90 ) [2000] 2 Cr App R 328, [2000] Lloyd's Rep Med 404
  180. R v Tandy (BAILII: [1987] EWCA Crim 5 ) (1988) 87 Cr App R 45, [1989] 1 WLR 350
  181. R v Venna (BAILII: [1975] EWCA Crim 4 )
  182. R v Whitehouse (BAILII: [1977] EWCA Crim 2 )
  183. R v Williams (BAILII: [1983] EWCA Crim 4 ) (1984) 78 Cr App R 276
  184. R v Woodman (BAILII: [1974] EWCA Crim 1 )
  185. R v Woollin (BAILII: [1998] UKHL 28 ) [1999] AC 82, [1999] 1 Cr App Rep 8, [1998] 3 WLR 382, [1998] Crim LR 890, [1998] 4 All ER 103
  186. Ram v Ram (1893) 17 Cox CC 609
  187. Re A (Children) (Conjoined Twins: Medical Treatment) (No 1) (BAILII: [2000] EWCA Civ 254 ) [2001] 2 WLR 480, 9 BHRC 261, [2000] 3 FCR 577, [2000] HRLR 721, [2001] Fam Law 18, (2001) 57 BMLR 1, [2000] 4 All ER 961, [2000] Lloyd's Rep Med 425, [2001] Fam 147, [2001] 1 FLR 1, [2001] UKHRR 1
  188. Savage 91 Cr App R 317; [1992] 1 AC 714 (ICLR) (CA)
  189. Scott v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (BAILII: [1974] UKHL 4 ) [1975] AC 819
  190. Shaw v DPP (BAILII: [1961] UKHL 1 ) [1962] AC 220
  191. Shephard [1919] 2 KB 125 (ICLR) (CA)
  192. Smith (Morgan) (BAILII: [2000] UKHL 49 ) [2000] 3 WLR 654, [2001] 1 AC 146, [2000] 4 All ER 289
  193. Smith [1959] 2 QB 35 (ICLR)
  194. Steane [1947] KB 997; [1947] 1 All ER 813
  195. Steane[1947] KB 997 (ICLR); [1947] 1 All ER 813
  196. Stewart & Anor, R. v (BAILII: [1994] EWCA Crim 3 ) [1995] 3 All ER 159, [1995] 1 Cr App R 441
  197. Stone & Dobinson [1977] QB 354 (ICLR); [1977] 2 All ER 341; [1977] 2 WLR 169 (ICLR) (CA)
  198. Sweet v Parsley (BAILII: [1969] UKHL 1 ) [1970] AC 132
  199. T [1990] Crim LR 256 (Crown Ct)
  200. Tesco Supermarkets Ltd v Nattrass (BAILII: [1971] UKHL 1 ) [1972] AC 153
  201. Thornton [1992] 1 All ER 306 (CA)
  202. Thornton v Mitchell [1940] 1 All ER 339
  203. Thornton, R. v (No.2) (BAILII: [1995] EWCA Crim 6 ) [1996] 1 WLR 1174, [1996] 2 All ER 1023, [1996] 2 Cr App R 108
  204. Troughton v Metropolitan Police [1987] Crim LR 138
  205. Tuberville v Savage (BAILII: [1669] EWHC KB J25 ) 86 ER 684, (1669) 1 Mod Rep 3
  206. Turner (No.2) [1971] 2 All ER 441; [1971] 1 WLR 901 (ICLR)
  207. Tyrrell [1894] 1 QB 710
  208. Walkington (1979) 68 Cr App R 427
  209. Weller (BAILII: [2003] EWCA Crim 815 ) [2003] Crim LR 724
  210. White [1910] 2 KB 124 (ICLR)
  211. Whitehouse [1941] 1 WWR 112 (ICLR) (ICLR)
  212. Williams [1923] 1 KB 340 (ICLR)
  213. Windle [1952] 2 All ER 1; [1952] 2 QB 826 (ICLR) (CA)
  214. Winzar v Chief Constable of Kent; The Times; 28 March 1983
  215. Woolmington v DPP (BAILII: [1935] UKHL 1 ) [1935] AC 462
  216. Yip Chiu-Cheung (BAILII: [1994] UKPC 2 ) [1995] 1 AC 111

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