scene2court is an innovative software package integrating the divergent elements of Statutory Law, Common Law, Precedent, Procedure and Evidence, into issue specific modules, thereby affording the user, a rapid overview of all aspects of their subject of interest, in the Criminal Law of Ireland. No more multiple cross referencing of statutes, trawl of Court judgements, search for presumptions, rules of Evidence, proofs or definitions. s2c© software takes the drudgery from such tasks – with a button click, all impacting factors are instantly displayed. The principles and doctrines in the Criminal Law of Ireland are equally applicable to the practitioner, investigator, presenter, prosecutor, researcher, student, academic or layman – the law is the same for all and in the same vein, s2c© software is not profession specific, like the Common Law – it is available to all and invaluable to many. Presented on disc, with colour coded modules, pop-up dialogues and drop down lists, it is simple to use on any laptop or desktop – a de nova departure in the study and implementation of the criminal law. scene2court© software draws on the knowledge and experience of legal practitioners, senior investigators, incident room co-ordinators, courts staff and academics, through decades of investigating, processing, researching , presenting and prosecuting cases from Courts of summary jurisdiction to the Superior Courts in the land, from the simplest theft to the ultimate murder. Its contents form a database of the need to know elements of any investigation and prosecution, a valuable resource in any format, - in digitised format – the gold standard. For the purpose of illustration, a limited outline of the content and substance of s2c© software follows ;
The greatest power invested in any person is the authority
to deprive another of their liberty.That is the exact consequence of detention. s2c© software has an entire module dedicated to every category of detention on the Statute Books. Illustrating the powers invested in every Garda rank, from the detaining Garda to continuity by C/ Superintendent, Superintendent and the roles recently incorporated for Inspectors and Sergeants.
Inextricably linked to detentions are rearrests, arrests of the imprisoned and arrests for the purpose of charge or the continuance of investigation. s2c© software comprehensively outlines enabling legislation on warrants, detentions, arrests and procedures , including the rights of the detained and legal access. All in combination with relevant decisions by the superior Courts- to give the user, fast & instantly accessible information at the click of a button.
Adding to the myriad of criteria inherent in lawful detentions, is a plethora of legislation integral in the accumulation of evidence. Biological Specimens are singularly implicit in establishing connection with victim or scene. The adherence to rules, regulations and legislation, in the securing of specimens is paramount to admissibility considerations at Trial. Such adherence requires compliance with a multitude of Acts, -Criminal Justice Acts, Forensic Evidence legislation and Treatment of Persons in Custody Regulations s2c© software innovatively dedicates dialogues to each individual specimen –powers to obtain, prerequisite authorities and conditional consents – all simultaneously display with our unique software, affording the user an on-screen overview of the entirety of components affecting all obtainable specimens – all this in combination with cases stated, to provide the user with the most up to date, easily accessible and understandable knowledge base.
s2c© software provides a most comprehensive database on Search Warrants, both judicially and administratively issued, outlining preconditions attaching to enabling statutes, together with a comprehensive database of important Judicial decisions covering not only Search Warrants but Arrest and Bench Warrants, including warrants and Search Orders issued by Garda officers.
s2c© software combines legislation from the earliest enactments to current statutes concerning all aspects of Rape, Sexual Assaults and Incest, with related issues of consent, age, and incapacitation. All definitions are outlined in dedicated modules – affording those interested a comprehensive and current resource to enable the study, investigation, presentation & prosecution of all matters concerning this category of offence.
Both historical & recent legislation related to the commission of offences of a sexual nature, perpetrated on children, are covered in our Children module. The roles of investigators and health services are outlined in combination with regulations relating to child trafficking, pornography, the treatment of children in custody and as witnesses – to give a comprehensive insight into all matters relevant to such issues.
Issues concerning Domestic Violence are dialogued in our Domestic Violence section. The varying Barring, Protection, Safety & Interim orders are outlined in great detail, affording an all round view of the issue and rights of the individuals concerned, with related issues involving assaults on spouses/ partners / co- habitants and rape within marriage – offering a wide ranging , understandable and cohesive package, instantly accessible on your screen.
Admissibility & Proofs
s2c© software innovatively portrays through its admissibility & proof module the mode of proving all manner of articles. Some methods of proof have remained constant through the decades, others require reference to recent Court decisions and others are proved by statutory provision. Proofs are the forerunner to many substantive issues, failure to prove, would be evidentiary material, can result in flaws, fatal to the overall case.
The manner of proof is the same for all categories of offence, the manner to prove the contents of a document in a murder case is the same for proving the contents of a document in a safety health & welfare case or an environmental offence case. With the advent of technology and cross jurisdictional prosecutions, the types of evidence necessitating proof is extended considerably, mobile phone data, X-rays, radar, computer data – all require varying methods of proof. Although the Court is the final arbiter on admissibility, s2c© software draws on an archive of precedent, statutory provision and common law to present such methods, deemed acceptable by the Courts.
s2c© software sets out the inference enabling provisions from relevant statutes, including such legislation recently repealed and that which extended powers in respect of inference related questioning – a complete package in an easily understood narrative to assist those interested in such legislation.
The Book of Evidence
Oft described as the “Prosecutors Bible” the Book of Evidence contains the entirety of the prosecution evidence. Material not in the Book of Evidence cannot be presented in Court. s2c© software sets out matters relevant to the Book of Evidence, in combination with legislation and judgements relative to indictable offences , triable summarily - affording the user a cmplete overview of the correct processes and procedures integral in progressing matters through the criminal justice system.
Undoubtedly the most challenged legislation on the statute books. Drink Driving or Intoxicated driving has generated more controversy, precedent, texts and amendments than any other statute. s2c© software offers comprehensive databases of judgements, legislation, presumptions, definitions - affording a formidable archive of issues involved in the prosecution and defence of such cases. This vast array of material has button click accessibility – providing instant retrieval of a vast archive of relevant material – on important aspects of intoxicated driving legislation.
Mens rea & Actus reus
Two fundamental elements, which must be present in any crime, and proven to be so present, are the 'mens rea' (the guilty mind) and the 'actus reus' (the guilty act). The guilty mind is essentially the intent to cause the result and the guilty act is the conduct or circumstance leading to the result. Proof of the guilty act and the guilty mind is required in all crimes. There is a presumption that the burden of proving these elements rests with the prosecution. s2c© offers the user insights into issues concerning the mens rea and actus reus elements of a crime, with detailed examples where the absence of the guilty mind was defensively utilised. There are specific circumstances, where, because of age, insanity, drunkenness etc, the intent to commit a crime may not be present - these are known as exemptions to criminal liability. s2c© details these exceptions, with examples, narratives and explanations on their evolution, with Court decisions and modules outlining the genesis of the insanity defence from where the 'McNaughton rule' emanates.
Dating back as far as 1833 the Liquor Licensing Laws are as perplexing as they are voluminous. s2c© software has dedicated sub-modules to many facets of Liquor Licensing, Whether the user is a licensee, enforcer, prosecutor, student or objector, our Liquor Licensing module illustrates in easily understandable format, matters relevant to Liqour Licensing issues, and in so doing obviates the need to trawl through nearly 180 years of legislation, amendments and decisions.
Offences Against the State
Offences Against the State legislation enacted through the decades, with amendments comensurate with the evolving crime types and improvised munitions, when factored with Criminal Justice Acts, Detention / Custody Regulations and procedures relevant to scheduled offences and Special Criminal Courts, in combination with Organised Crime legislation, requires extensive and often real time knowledge of such issues. s2c© software dedicates modules to each of the Acts, enumerating Scheduled Offences, Inference drawing legislation, procedures relating to trials in Special Criminal Courts, Criminal Law (Jurisdiction ) Acts, affecting Criminal Justice Acts together with Custody, Detention, Specimen obtaining legislation and Court Judgements, to provide the user with a comprehensive archive of relevant up to date data, to enhance the investigation, prosecution and study of issues relevant to the most serious criminal acts on the statute books.
Offences Against the Person
s2c© software in providing sub-modules on Murder, Mansalughter, Dangerous Driving Causing Death, Infanticide, Suicide, Assaults and Abortion, gives the user a comprehensive overview on all manner of crime that one human being may perpetrate upon another. Issues of consent, justification, arrest, detention, dying declarations, confessions, Judges Rules, Witness Intimidation and Decisions, illustrate instantly with relevant legislation, which in combination with associated modules, give a unique insight into the need to know elements of the investigation and prosecution of offences aptly described as mans' inhumanity to man.
s2c© software is invaluable in all areas of the Criminal Law and our wide customer base is testament to the quality and diversity of its' content.
scene2court© software is offered at the modest price of €58.00 per unit, which includes all the modules outlined on this page, plus much more. Price includes p&p with dispatch from our facility within 12 hours. Payment accepted from all major credit cards via paypal.