No further action to be taken following the death of Andrew Pimlott – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Following the death of Andrew Pimlott in Plymouth in April 2013, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has determined that there is insufficient evidence to prosecute a police constable for gross negligence manslaughter or misconduct in public office.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 16th October 2014

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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Director of Public Prosecutions responds to Supreme Court on assisted suicide policy – Crown Prosecution Service

‘The Director of Public Prosecutions has today clarified the CPS Policy on cases of encouraging or assisting suicide in light of the recent comments of the Supreme Court in the case of Nicklinson and others.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 16th October 2014

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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Geoffrey Robertson QC criticises arrests over alleged sex crimes – BBC News

Posted October 13th, 2014 in bail, Crown Prosecution Service, inquiries, news, police, sexual offences by sally

‘Police are arresting suspects of alleged historical sex crimes without sufficient evidence and keeping them on bail too long, a barrister has said.’

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BBC News, 11th October 2014

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CPS told of police role in vigilante murder of Bijan Ebrahimi – The Independent

Posted October 8th, 2014 in Crown Prosecution Service, murder, news, police by sally

‘Six police officers and staff could face criminal charges over an incident where a man was murdered by a vigilante after being wrongly accused of being a paedophile.’

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The Independent, 7th October 2014

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Sean Rigg custody death: Police perjury charges dropped – BBC News

‘Two police officers will not face charges of perjury, perverting the course of justice or collusion in relation to a death of a prisoner.’

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BBC News, 7th October 2014

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Revenge porn could lead to 14-year sentence, new guidelines clarify – The Guardian

‘The most serious cases of revenge pornography – putting sexually explicit images of former partners online – should be prosecuted under laws which carry a maximum sentence of 14 years, new guidance from the Crown Prosecution Service suggests.’

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The Guardian, 7th October 2014

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Criminal extradited from Spain and jailed for non-payment of UK Confiscation Order – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Martin Hickman, who was convicted in relation to the illegal sale and supply of medicinal products in 2009, has been extradited from Spain and jailed for 10 years after failure to pay a confiscation order made against him in 2012 at Southwark Crown Court.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 2nd October 2014

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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DPP publishes final standards for all prosecutors – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted October 2nd, 2014 in case management, codes of practice, Crown Prosecution Service, standards by tracey

‘Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions, has today published the final version of new standards for all CPS prosecutors. This follows a consultation with the public, which demonstrated that draft interim standards published in April 2014 were largely in the right place.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 1st October 2014

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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Dave Lee Travis indecent assault sentence to be reviewed – The Guardian

‘The attorney general’s office is to review the three-month suspended sentence given to the former BBC Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis for indecent assault.’

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The Guardian, 29th September 2014

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Legal Aid Challenge Success, Assisted Suicide and the Future of UK Human Rights – the Human Rights Roundup – UK Human Rights Blog

‘This week, the Conservative Party will unveil its plans for human rights reform in the UK. In other news, Chris Grayling’s decision to drastically reduce the number of legal aid contacts granted is successfully challenged, while a prosecution for assisted suicide keeps the assisted dying debate alive.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 28th September 2014

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

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Supreme Court clarifies continuing police disclosure obligations – RPC Privacy Law

‘The recent Supreme Court judgment in the case of R (on the application of Nunn) v Chief Constable of Suffolk Constabulary and another sheds further light on the continuing duty of the police and the Crown Prosecution Service to disclose information in criminal cases post-conviction.’

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RPC Privacy Law, 19th September 2014

Source: www.rpc.co.uk

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Disability hate crime: Attacks on people with disabilities ‘must be taken more seriously’ – The Independent

‘The former director of public prosecutions has said attacks on disabled people are not being recognised as hate crime, letting criminals off with lighter sentences.’

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The Independent, 21st September 2014

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SAS selection deaths: inquest delayed until 2015 – BBC News

Posted September 16th, 2014 in appeals, armed forces, Crown Prosecution Service, delay, homicide, inquests, negligence, news by tracey

‘An inquest into the deaths of three soldiers who collapsed on an SAS training exercise in the Brecon Beacons has been delayed until 2015.’

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BBC News, 16th September 2014

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New stalking legislation helps to bring thousands more prosecutions as CPS and ACPO launch protocol to improve service to stalking victims – Crown Prosecution Service

‘As stalking-related prosecutions rise, prosecutors and police are being reminded to focus on the devastating impact these crimes have on victims. After the first full year of operation, new stalking legislation has seen 743 cases brought to court – cases which may not have been charged under previous law.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 11th September 2014

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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Stalking prosecutions rise by 20% under new law on harassment – The Guardian

Posted September 11th, 2014 in Crown Prosecution Service, harassment, news, prosecutions, stalking, statistics by sally

‘Prosecutions for stalking and harassment increased by more than 20% last year following the enforcement of a new law that criminalises behaviour causing serious alarm or distress.’

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The Guardian, 11th September 2014

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Judge condemns Crown Prosecution Service for pursuing sex case – Daily Telegraph

‘Judge Anthony Morris QC had urged prosecutors to pull the sex assault case before the trial had even begun because of lack of evidence.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th September 2014

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Victims’ right to review – could it affect the criminal justice system? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted August 28th, 2014 in appeals, criminal justice, Crown Prosecution Service, news, victims by sally

‘Several criminals have been found guilty after victims of crime successfully appealed against the CPS’ original decisions not to bring charges. What has been the effect of the introduction of the “right to review scheme”? And could it affect the criminal justice system?’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 28th August 2014

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CPS secures first ever recovery of criminal assets from United Arab Emirates – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Following extensive work both in the UK and Dubai, the new CPS Proceeds of Crime Service (CPSPOC) in London, working closely with the recently deployed CPS Asset Recovery Advisor in Dubai, has secured what is believed to be the first ever successful enforcement of a UK confiscation order in the UAE. The UK has recovered over £300,000 from the sale of an apartment in Dubai Marina belonging to a convicted British criminal.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 21th August 2014

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Domestic abuse crime considered by ministers – BBC News

‘A new crime of domestic abuse could be created under plans being considered by ministers. Home Secretary Theresa May is consulting on creating the offence in England and Wales as part of attempts to improve police performance. Existing law already covers coercive and controlling behaviour – but it does not explicitly apply to relationships.’

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BBC News, 20th August 2014

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Gang leader loses court battle over crime debt – The Guardian

‘A “retired” high-profile criminal has lost a high court battle over how much he has to pay back from his days of crime.’

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The Guardian, 11th August 2014

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