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"The law on appealing convictions and sentences is clear, coherent and consistent." Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer.

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(1) Identification of issues: The ability to identify relevant issues raised by the question and the areas which are open to contention and controversy should be demonstrated.
(2) Research: It should be demonstrated that the appropriate research has been undertaken. Al legal authorities and other source materials, articles and books for example, should be properly cited. Reliance on web sources other than cases and articles found via Westlaw and Nexis are to be discouraged.
(3) Analysis of the issues and theoretical views: The ability to analyse and evaluate the relevant issues should be demonstrated. Where appropriate the issues should be subjected to critical analysis and a consideration of the wider context. The discussion of the law should be explored within its social context.
(4) Conclusions: The ability to reach appropriate conclusions drawn from their analysis of the issues raised by the question should be demonstrated. Depending upon the nature of the question, such conclusions may appear in the course of analysis or in a concluding section.
(5) Presentation: Essays should be well structured, and make proper use of grammar, UK English spelling, and punctuation. All answers should be word-processed.
(6) Referencing: The Denning Law journal OSCOLA house style should be followed.

Essential Reading:
– A Ashworth and M Redmayne, The Criminal Process (OUP 2010, 4th Ed), Chapter 12; or
– A Sanders, R Young and M Burton, Criminal Justice (OUP 2010, 4th Ed) Chapter 11
– J R Spencer, ‘Does our present criminal appeal system make sense?’ [2006] Crim LR 677
– Criminal Appeal Act 1968 (as amended)
– Criminal Appeal Act 1995

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