Professor Martin Wasik CBE

Title: Emeritus Professor of Criminal Justice
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LLB (Manchester), MA (Keele)

FRSA 2000

CBE 2008

Professor of Law at Manchester 1992-2000

Professor of Criminal Justice Keele 2000-2014

Chairman, Sentencing Advisory Panel 1999-2007

Barrister (Gray’s Inn), Recorder of the Crown Court

My research and publications are mainly in the fields of criminal law, criminal justice, and evidence, where at various times I have had a particular interest in IT related crime, and in sentencing (especially the management of sentencing discretion through guideline systems). I have also carried out research on animal welfare law.

Research for me has always been closely associated with practice, and I have been a Recorder (part-time Crown Court judge) on the Midland Circuit since 2005. I am also closely involved with the Judicial College in delivery of update training for the judiciary.

Recent Selected Publications

Wasik M (2016) (co-author), Blackstone’s Criminal Practice, Oxford, 3113 pp

Wasik M and Santatzoglou (eds) (2015), The Management of Change in Criminal Justice: Who Knows Best? Palgrave, 296 pp

Wasik M (2015) Sentencing and early release provisions in the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 Criminal Law Review 855-865

Wasik M (2014), A Practical Approach to Sentencing, 5th ed, Oxford, 324 pp

Wasik M (2014), Sentencing: the last ten years Criminal Law Review 477-491

Wasik M (2012), Concurrent and consecutive sentences revisited in Principles and Values in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Zedner L and Roberts JV (eds), Oxford, 285-305

Wasik M (2012), The test for dangerousness in Seeking Security: Pre-empting the Commission of Criminal Harms Sullivan GR and Dennis I (eds), Hart Pub, 243-264

Selected Publications

  • Wasik M. 2014. Sentencing - The Last Ten Years. Criminal Law Revew, vol. 2014, 477-491.
  • Wasik M. 2012. The test for dangerousness. In Seeking Security: Pre-empting the Commission of Criminal Harms. Sullivan GR and Dennis I (Eds.). Hart Pub.
  • Wasik M. 2012. The Crown Court Sentencing Survey. Criminal Law Review, 569-571.
  • Wasik M and Rumbold J. 2011. Diabetic Drivers, Hypoglycaemic Unawareness, and Automatism. The Criminal Law Review, vol. 11, 863-872.
  • Wasik M. 2010. Dimensions of Criminal History: Reflections on Theory and Practice. In Previous convictions at sentencing. Roberts JV and Hirsch AV (Eds.). Hart Pub.

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Books

  • WASIK M, Taylor R, Leng R. 2004. Blackstone's guide to the criminal justice act 2003. Oxford.
  • Wasik M. 2001. Emmins on Sentencing, 4th edition. Blackstone Press, London.

Journal Articles

  • Wasik M. 2014. Sentencing - The Last Ten Years. Criminal Law Revew, vol. 2014, 477-491.
  • Wasik M. 2012. The Crown Court Sentencing Survey. Criminal Law Review, 569-571.
  • Wasik M and Rumbold J. 2011. Diabetic Drivers, Hypoglycaemic Unawareness, and Automatism. The Criminal Law Review, vol. 11, 863-872.
  • WASIK M. 2009. Guidance on the dangerous offender provisions. Blackstone's Criminal Practice Bulletin, 13-14.
  • WASIK M. 2009. Sentencing domestic burglary- new guidance. C L and J weekly, vol. 173(5), 68-69.
  • WASIK M. 2009. The duration of a community order. C L and J Weekly, vol. 173(3), 28-29.
  • WASIK M. 2008. Computer misuse and misconduct in public office. International Review of Law, Computers and Technology, vol. 22(1-2), 135-143. doi>
  • WASIK M. 2008. Criminal justice and immigration act 2008- sentencing provisions. Blackstone's Criminal Practice Bulletin, 11-12.
  • WASIK M. 2008. Sentencing guidelines in England and Wales - state of the art?. Criminal Law Review, vol. 4, 253-263.
  • WASIK M. 2008. Sentencing guidelines update. Blackwell Criminal Practice Bulletin, 10-11.
  • WASIK M. 2008. Sentencing guidelines update. Blackstone's Criminal Practice Bulletin, 12-14.
  • WASIK M. 2008. Sentencing guidelines: the SGC and the legislators. The Magistrate, vol. 64(7), 204.
  • WASIK M. 2008. When are down-loaders of child pornography dangerous offenders?. Blackstone's Criminal Practice Bulletin, 13-14.
  • WASIK M. 2007. Dangerous Offenders. Blackstone's Criminal Practice Bulletin, 13-14.
  • WASIK M. 2007. Guidelines on domestic violence and breach of a protective order. Blackstone's Criminal Practice Bulletin, 13-15.
  • WASIK M. 2007. Guidelines on sexual offences. Blackstone's Criminal Practice Bulletin, 13-15.
  • WASIK M. 2007. Recommendation for deportation. Blackstone's Criminal Practice Bulletin, 13-14.
  • WASIK M. 2007. Sentencing police officers for computer misuse. Blackstone's Criminal Practice Bulletin, 9-10.
  • WASIK M. 2007. The status and authority of sentencing guidelines. Bracton Law Journal, vol. 39, 9-18.
  • WASIK M. 2006. Mandatory and minimum custodial sentences- how much room for discretion?. Blackstone's Criminal Practice Bulletin, 13-15.
  • WASIK M. 2006. Protecting vulnerable groups after Soham and Bichard: is IT the solution or part of the problem?. International Review of Law, Computers and Technology, vol. 1/2, 7-19. doi>
  • WASIK M. 2006. Sentencing dangerous offenders- significant risk of serious harm. Blackstone's Criminal Practice Bulletin, 13-14.
  • WASIK M. 2006. The suspended sentence under the CJA 2003. Blackstone's Criminal Practice Bulletin, 13-14.
  • WASIK M. 2005. Guideline matters. Blackstone's criminal practice bulletin, 12-13.
  • WASIK M. 2005. The new sentencing guidelines. The Magistrate, vol. 61(2), 48-49.
  • WASIK M. 2004. Going round in circles? Fifty years of change in sentencing. Criminal Law Review, vol. 50th Anniversary article, 253-265.
  • Wasik M. 2004. Going round in circles? Reflections on fifty years of change in sentencing. Criminal Law Review, 253-265.
  • Wasik M. 2004. Going round in circles? Reflections on fifty years of change in sentencing. CRIMINAL LAW REVIEW, 42-54. link>
  • WASIK M and Nobel A. 2004. Sentencing advisory panel: guidelines and the criminal justice act 2003. The Justices' Clerk, 178-179.
  • WASIK M. 2004. Three strikes in domestic burglary- some recent cases. Justice of the peace., 808-811.
  • Wasik M. 2003. Sentencing and society: International perspectives. PUNISHMENT & SOCIETY-INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PENOLOGY, vol. 5(4), 474-476. link> doi>
  • Wasik M. 2003. Book reveiw of Dirk van Zylsmit, Taking life imprisonment seriously in national and international law. Criminal Law Review, 492-493.
  • Wasik M. 2003. Retrospective penalties after Field: disqualification from working with children. Justice of the Peace, vol. 167(16), 284-286.
  • Wasik M. 2003. Review of Cyrus Tata and Neil Hutton (eds.) Sentencing and society: international perspectives. Punishment and Society, vol. 5(4), 474-476.
  • Wasik M. 2002. The work of the sentencing advisory panel. Prison Service Journal, 11-13.
  • WASIK M. 2001. Legislating in the shadow of the Human Rights Act the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 2001. Criminal Law Review, vol. December 2001, 931-947.
  • Wasik M. 2001. Detention and training orders: persistence and other problems. Justice of the Peace, vol. 165(3), 36-39.
  • von Hirsch A and Wasik M. 2001. Proportionate sanctions and sentence substitutability: a reply to Austin Lovegrove. Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, vol. 40(2), 145-147.
  • Wasik M. 2001. The vital importance of certain previous convictions. Criminal Law Review, 363-373.
  • Wasik M. 1999. Reparation: sentencing and the victim. CRIMINAL LAW REVIEW, 470-479. link>
  • Wasik M. 1996. Magistrates: Knowledge of previous convictions. CRIMINAL LAW REVIEW, 851-862. link>
  • Wasik M. 1996. Property offences - Smith,ATH. CRIMINAL LAW REVIEW, 144-146. link>
  • WASIK M. 1994. FORM AND FUNCTION IN THE LAW OF INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER. CRIMINAL LAW REVIEW, 883-893. link>
  • WASIK M and VONHIRSCH A. 1994. SECTION-29 REVISED - PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS IN SENTENCING. CRIMINAL LAW REVIEW, 409-418. link>
  • WASIK M and TURNER A. 1993. SENTENCING GUIDELINES FOR THE MAGISTRATES COURTS. CRIMINAL LAW REVIEW, 345-356. link>
  • WASIK M. 1992. ARRANGEMENTS FOR EARLY RELEASE .3. CRIMINAL LAW REVIEW, 252-261. link>
  • WASIK M. 1992. INTERMEDIATE TREATMENT AND JUVENILE JUSTICE - BOTTOMS,A, BROWN,P, MCWILLIAMS,B, MCWILLIAMS,W, NELLIS,M, PRATT,J. BRITISH JOURNAL OF CRIMINOLOGY, vol. 32(1), 106-107. link> doi>
  • WASIK M. 1992. LEGAL CONTROL OF IT MISUSE - THE LIMITED RELEVANCE OF THE CRIMINAL-LAW. IFIP TRANSACTIONS A-COMPUTER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, vol. 13, 385-392. link>
  • WASIK M. 1991. KEEPERS - INSIDE STORIES FROM TOTAL INSTITUTIONS - GLOUBERMAN,S. JOURNAL OF MEDICAL ETHICS, vol. 17(4), 223. link> doi>
  • VONHIRSCH A and WASIK M. 1991. SENTENCING PROVISIONS OF THE CRIMINAL-JUSTICE BILL. CRIMINAL LAW REVIEW, 225-226. link>
  • WASIK M. 1990. THE COMPUTER MISUSE ACT 1990. CRIMINAL LAW REVIEW, 767-779. link>
  • WASIK M. 1989. LAW REFORM PROPOSALS ON COMPUTER MISUSE. CRIMINAL LAW REVIEW, 257-270. link>
  • WASIK M and VONHIRSCH A. 1988. NON-CUSTODIAL PENALTIES AND THE PRINCIPLES OF DESERT. CRIMINAL LAW REVIEW, 555-572. link>
  • WASIK M and PEASE K. 1986. THE PAROLE VETO AND PARTY POLITICS. CRIMINAL LAW REVIEW, 379-382. link>
  • WASIK M. 1984. A CASE OF NECESSITY. CRIMINAL LAW REVIEW, 544-548. link>
  • WASIK M. 1984. SENTENCING AND THE DIVISIONAL COURT. CRIMINAL LAW REVIEW, 272-281. link>
  • WASIK M. 1984. THE HODGSON-COMMITTEE REPORT ON THE PROFITS OF CRIME AND THEIR RECOVERY. CRIMINAL LAW REVIEW, 708-725. link>
  • WASIK M. 1983. EXCUSES AT THE SENTENCING STAGE. CRIMINAL LAW REVIEW, 450-465. link>
  • WASIK M. 1982. A LEARNERS CARELESS DRIVING. CRIMINAL LAW REVIEW, 411-418. link>
  • WASIK M. 1982. CUMULATIVE PROVOCATION AND DOMESTIC KILLING. CRIMINAL LAW REVIEW, 29-37. link>
  • WASIK M. 1982. FINES AND IMPRISONMENT. CRIMINAL LAW REVIEW, 66. link>
  • WASIK M. 1982. SHIFTING THE BURDEN OF STRICT LIABILITY. CRIMINAL LAW REVIEW, 567-574. link>
  • WASIK M. 1980. ABANDONING CRIMINAL INTENT. CRIMINAL LAW REVIEW, 785-795. link>
  • WASIK M. 1979. MENS REA, MOTIVE, AND THE PROBLEM OF DISHONESTY IN THE LAW OF THEFT. CRIMINAL LAW REVIEW, 543-557. link>
  • WASIK M. 1978. PLACE OF COMPENSATION IN PENAL-SYSTEM. CRIMINAL LAW REVIEW, 599-611. link>
  • WASIK M. 1977. DURESS AND CRIMINAL RESPONSIBILITY. CRIMINAL LAW REVIEW, 453-464. link>

Chapters

  • Wasik M. 2012. The test for dangerousness. In Seeking Security: Pre-empting the Commission of Criminal Harms. Sullivan GR and Dennis I (Eds.). Hart Pub.
  • Wasik M. 2010. Dimensions of Criminal History: Reflections on Theory and Practice. In Previous convictions at sentencing. Roberts JV and Hirsch AV (Eds.). Hart Pub.
  • WASIK M. 2009. Implications for criminal law, sentencing policy and practice. In The link between animal abuse and human violence. Linzey A (Ed.). Sussex Academic Press.
  • WASIK M. 2008. Criminological research. In The New Oxford Companion to Law. Cane P and Conaghan J (Eds.). Oxford.
  • WASIK M. 2008. 'The legal framework'. In Addressing Offending Behaviour: Context, Practice and Values. Green S, Lancaster E, Feasey S (Eds.). Willan Publishing.
  • WASIK M. 2006. The delivery of justice: sentencing and society. In The Smith Institute, Social Justice: Criminal Justice. The Smith Institute.
  • WASIK M. 2004. Part E (Sentencing) and made contribution to Part B (Offences). In Blackstone's Criminal Practice. Murphy E (Ed.). Oxford University Press.
  • Wasik M. 2004. Principles of sentencing. In English Public Law. Feldman D (Ed.). Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • WASIK M. 2004. Sentencing guidelines - past, present and future. In Current Legal Problems: Vol 56. Freeman M (Ed.). Oxford University Press.
  • WASIK M. 2004. What guides sentencing decisions?. In Alternatives to prison: Options for an insecure society. Bottoms A, Rex S, Robinson G (Eds.). Willan Publishing.
  • Wasik M. 2003. Part E: Sentencing. In Blackstone's Criminal Practice 13th Ed. Murphy P (Ed.). Oxford, Oxford.
  • Wasik M. 2002. Can we rely on the past? Sentencing and the criminal record. In Flores Juris et Legum = Festskrift till Nils Jareborg. Holmqvist PAL (Ed.). Iustus Forlag, Sweden.
  • Wasik M. 2002. Sentencing. In Blackstone's Criminal Practice. Murphy P (Ed.). Oxford, Oxford.
  • Wasik M. 2001. Hacking, Viruses and Fraud. In The Internet, Law and society. Akdeniz Y, Walker C, Wall D (Eds.). Longman, Harlow, Essex.
  • Birch D, Gunn MJ, Hirst M, Keane A, Leigh L, McMahon R, Sprack J, Taylor RD, Wasik M. 2001. Sentencing. In Balckstone's Criminal Practice. Murphy P (Ed.). Blackstone Press, London.

Other

  • WASIK M. 1994. PROCEEDINGS OF THE IFIP TC9/WG9.6 WORKING CONFERENCE ON SECURITY AND CONTROL OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN SOCIETY ON BOARD M/S ILICH AND ASHORE AT ST-PETERSBURG, RUSSIA, 12-17 AUGUST, 1993 - FOREWORD. SECURITY AND CONTROL OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN SOCIETY (vol. 43, pp. 11-13). link>
  • WASIK M. 1992. LEGAL CONTROL OF IT MISUSE - THE LIMITED RELEVANCE OF THE CRIMINAL-LAW. EDUCATION AND SOCIETY : INFORMATION PROCESSING 92, VOL 2 (vol. 13, pp. 385-392). link>

I have retired from the full-time staff at Keele, and retain no teaching or student supervision responsibilities.

I was the first Chairman of the Sentencing Advisory Panel from 1999 to 2007. The Panel advised the Court of Appeal, and from 2003 the Sentencing Guidelines Council, on sentencing guidelines across the criminal courts. In 2008 I was appointed CBE for services to the criminal justice system, in recognition of this work. The Panel and the SGC were replaced by the Sentencing Council in 2010.

Appointed in 2005 as a Recorder of the Crown Court (equivalent to Circuit Judge, but part-time). I sit at Crown Court centres on the Midland Circuit, dealing with trials on indictment (with a jury), sentencing, and appeals against conviction or sentence from magistrates’ courts.

Co-author (with Prof David Ormerod) of a monthly e-letter on criminal law distributed by the Judicial College to all full-time and part-time judges sitting in criminal cases.

Lecturer at Judicial College seminars for full-time and part-time judiciary sitting in criminal cases.