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Assessment Tasks The assessment is in two parts. Parts 1 and 2 are each worth 50% of the overall marks for the module assessment. In Part 1, you are required to undertake the relevant legal research and prepare a Research Report setting out the law, the legal sources used in the research and the likely sentence to be imposed on your client, Mr Davison. In Part 2, you are required to prepare a written Plea in Mitigation for the magistrates. They will consider this document before passing any sentence on your client who has pleaded guilty to the offence. You are required to submit ONE piece of work (1000 words) but divided into two parts. How many words you allocate to each part of the assessment, is at your sole discretion. You may exceed this word limit by 10%. Format of your in-course assessment § Include a title page with your submission. The title page must list the following: § Module code § Module title § Module tutor § Number of pages submitted § The word count Do not include your name or your student ID number § Font: Arial, text size 12, line spacing 1.5 § Each page should be numbered. § Referencing is NOT required but if you choose to reference you are required to use OSCOLA style citation for consistency. YOUR INSTRUCTIONS You work at the Digby Stewart LLP as a paralegal. Your firm acts for Jason Davison who has been charged with an offence under section 13, Theft Act 1968 for diverting or wasting electricity. The details are set out below. Your supervising solicitor has asked you to do the following: 1. Read the attached documents and carry out any research that might be necessary to understand the legal issues that arise. Then: a) Prepare a Reseach Report setting out the legal position and the sentencing powers of the magistrates and the likely sentence to be imposed by the magistrates in light of Mr Davison’s guilty plea. In order to complete this activity, you need to read and be sure to understand section 13, Theft Act 1968, (Abstracting of electricity). b) Prepare a Plea in mitigation to help the court to place your client’s offence in the correct category for sentencing. With this in mind, you need to draw to the court’s attention to those matters which place the defendant’s conduct in context and those matters the court can properly take into consideration to decide on a lower penalty than would otherwise appear appropriate.


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