Hillsborough: The remaining questions – Daily Telegraph

‘As the dust settles after an historic victory for the 27 year Hillsborough justice campaign, The Telegraph tackles some of the remaining questions.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th April 2016

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Hillsborough inquest timeline: the long wait for justice – The Guardian

‘The families of the 96 people fatally injured at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final have been fighting for the truth for 27 years.’

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The Guardian, 26th April 2016

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Fears over credit for guilty plea – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Criminal defence solicitors are expected to oppose proposed replacement guidelines on sentence reductions for early guilty pleas.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 25th April 2016

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CPS responds to HMCPSI/HMIC Digitisation Report – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted April 15th, 2016 in criminal justice, Crown Prosecution Service, internet, press releases by tracey

‘Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary have today published a joint report on the Effectiveness of Digital Systems within the Criminal Justice System. The report highlights that significant progress has been made and the CPS has been at the forefront of that change.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 13th April 2016

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Police and prosecutors ‘losing sensitive evidence’ – BBC News

‘Sensitive details held by police and prosecutors in England are being lost because evidence is still being shared on computer discs, watchdogs say.’

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BBC News, 13th April 2016

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Number of dropped Crown Court prosecutions at highest level in five years – BBC News

‘The number and proportion of prosecutions dropped at Crown Courts in England and Wales has risen to its highest level in five years. More than 12,600 cases were discontinued from 2014 to 2015 – one in every eight Crown Court cases. At the same time, the proportion of Crown Court cases resulting in a conviction fell below the 80% mark for the first time since 2010-11.’

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BBC News, 11th April 2016

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Lowell Goddard: my child abuse inquiry is not just targeted on the famous – The Guardian

‘This is the opportunity to get to the heart of one of the biggest challenges for our generation, says inquiry chairman Lowell Goddard.’

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The Guardian, 3rd April 2016

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Jean Charles de Menezes ruling: European Court of Human Rights rejects call to prosecute police officers who shot him – The Independent

‘The UK was right not to charge any police officers over the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, an electrician who they thought was a suicide bomber, in 2005.’

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The Independent, 30th March 2016

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Jean Charles de Menezes ruling due in European court of human rights – The Guardian

‘A ruling on whether British police officers should have been charged for the fatal shooting of Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes at a London tube station in 2005 is to be delivered by the European court of human rights on Wednesday.’

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The Guardian, 30th March 2016

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Poppi Worthington’s father faces intimidation every day, coroner told – The Guardian

‘A father who was identified by a high court judge as having probably sexually assaulted his baby daughter shortly before she died may be allowed to give evidence from a secret location after facing daily intimidation, a pre-inquest hearing has heard.’

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The Guardian, 18th March 2016

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Goddard inquiry to hold preliminary hearing on abuse linked to church – The Guardian

‘The Wednesday in an investigation into the track record of Anglican churches in England and Wales in preventing exploitation, dealing with perpetrators and helping survivors to overcome trauma and obtain justice.’

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The Guardian, 16th March 2016

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New guidelines published on the prosecution of those who abuse victims online – Crown Prosecution Service

‘The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is updating its guidelines on social media to incorporate new and emerging crimes that are being committed online and to provide clear advice to help the prosecution of cyber-enabled crime.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 3rd March 2016

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Twitter to train prosecutors in fight against online abuse – The Guardian

‘Twitter is to train prosecutors in England and Wales to better fight online abuse, as the internet is increasingly used as a weapon by perpetrators of domestic abuse, rape and sexual violence against women.’

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The Guardian, 3rd March 2016

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Sean Rigg death: case against five police officers referred to CPS – The Guardian

‘Prosecutors are to consider whether they should bring criminal charges against five police officers over the arrest, restraint and detention of Sean Rigg, a musician who died in Metropolitan police custody.’

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The Guardian, 1st March 2016

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Legal Aid Agency spends £93m on cases not heard in court – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 1st, 2016 in costs, Crown Prosecution Service, legal aid, news, prosecutions, reports, trials by sally

‘The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) has spent more than £93m funding defence counsel in cases that did not go to trial, the National Audit Office has found.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 1st March 2016

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Millions spent on legal cases that fail to reach court – Daily Telegraph

‘National Audit Office warns criminal justice system ‘not delivering value for money’, with victims facing delays, collapsed cases and postcode lottery.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st March 2016

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CPS should have closer oversight of police in child sex abuse cases, ex-DPP says – The Guardian

Posted February 25th, 2016 in child abuse, children, Crown Prosecution Service, news, police, sexual offences by sally

‘The Crown Prosecution Service should have had closer oversight of the police to control the “disgrace” of some historical child sexual abuse investigations, a former director of public prosecutions has said.’

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The Guardian, 24th February 2016

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CPS inspectors call for ‘culture change’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted February 23rd, 2016 in Crown Prosecution Service, defence, delay, magistrates, news, reports by sally

‘CPS lawyers have been criticised for failing to engage effectively with defence practitioners amid efforts to reduce delays in magistrates’ courts.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 22nd February 2016

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Lord Brittan abuse inquiry ‘fully justified’, review finds – BBC News

‘The Metropolitan Police investigation of a rape allegation against the late Lord Brittan was “fully justified”, a review has concluded.’.

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BBC News, 7th February 2016

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CPS response to HMCPSI report on Rape and Serious Sexual Offence (RASSO) units – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted February 4th, 2016 in Crown Prosecution Service, press releases, rape, reports, sexual offences by tracey

‘Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) have issued a report today [2 February 2016] which reviews the Crown Prosecution Service’s handling of rape and serious sexual offences (RASSO).’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 2nd February 2016

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