Prosecution strategies in AR cases (1) – Counsel

‘A two-part series from Laura Hoyano and John Riley modelling investigation and prosecution strategies in cases of abusive relationship offending. Part one of this worked case example shows the typical challenges, tactics to surmount them, and the need for innovative thinking.’

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Counsel, August 2020

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Belly Mujinga: no charges after CPS review of rail worker’s Covid-19 death – The Guardian

‘No charges will be brought over the death of Belly Mujinga, the railway worker who died of Covid-19 after allegedly being spat on while at work, prosecutors have decided after reviewing the evidence.’

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The Guardian, 6th August 2020

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Caroline Flack took her own life amid fears of prosecution, inquest rules – The Guardian

‘Caroline Flack took her own life after learning she would be prosecuted for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend, following a long struggle with “fluctuating mental health” that was exacerbated by the stress of fame, a coroner has found.’

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The Guardian, 6th August 2020

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Rape victims are being badly let down by prosecutors. They need justice – The Guardian

‘The utterly shameful level of convictions in England and Wales is down to the CPS dropping so-called “weak” cases.’

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The Guardian, 31st July 2020

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What challenges do rape victims face in getting cases to court? – The Guardian

‘Rape prosecutions and convictions have halved in three years, prompting concerns that the offence is effectively being decriminalised. These are some of the challenges rape victims face in getting their cases to court.’

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The Guardian, 30th July 2020

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Prosecution service under fire over record low rape convictions – The Guardian

‘The Crown Prosecution Service has faced a barrage of criticism after rape convictions in England and Wales fell to a record low, with police publicly censuring its charging policies and a judge paving the way for a landmark legal challenge.’

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The Guardian, 30th July 2020

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CPS unveils five-year blueprint to boost rape convictions – The Guardian

Posted July 30th, 2020 in Crown Prosecution Service, news, prosecutions, rape, victims by sally

‘The Crown Prosecution Service has launched a new strategy to tackle tumbling rates of charging and prosecution for rape, following sustained criticism that the service is failing victims of sexual assault.’

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The Guardian, 30th July 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com

Christopher Kapessa river death: No prosecution decision upheld – BBC News

‘A 14-year-old boy who pushed a boy, 13, into a river before he died will not be prosecuted, a review has concluded.’

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BBC News, 20th July 2020

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One in 70 recorded rapes in England and Wales led to charge last year – The Guardian

‘Fewer than one in 70 recorded rapes resulted in a charge last year, as tens of thousands of victims did not support demands from police and prosecutors and withdrew from the process.’

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The Guardian, 17th July 2020

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Police and CPS scrap digital data extraction forms for rape cases – The Guardian

Posted July 16th, 2020 in consent, Crown Prosecution Service, disclosure, news, police, privacy, rape by tracey

‘The CPS and police have been forced to scrap controversial “digital strip searches” of rape complainants, following a legal threat from two survivors of sexual abuse and sustained campaigning from privacy and human rights groups.’

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The Guardian, 16th July 2020

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Judges quash decision not to prosecute diplomat over alleged trafficking – The Guardian

‘A woman who says it seems the Crown Prosecution Service did not consider her “trafficked enough” after being brought into the UK by a diplomat from the United Arab Emirates is celebrating after a high court ruling quashed a decision not to prosecute him.’

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The Guardian, 9th July 2020

Source: www.theguardian.com

Trial collapses of three Britons accused of aiding man to go to fight in Syria – The Guardian

Posted July 6th, 2020 in Crown Prosecution Service, news, terrorism by sally

‘A controversial terror trial of three Britons accused of helping a fourth to travel to Syria to fight with the Kurdish YPG has collapsed at the Old Bailey after the Crown Prosecution Service abandoned the case.’

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The Guardian, 3rd July 2020

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Criminal cases backlog could take a decade to clear, watchdog warns – The Guardian

‘The backlog of untried cases in the criminal justice system – which has ballooned during lockdown – could take a decade to clear, an official watchdog has warned.’

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The Guardian, 30th June 2020

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CPS secretly dropped ‘weak’ rape cases, say rights groups – The Guardian

Posted June 30th, 2020 in Crown Prosecution Service, evidence, news, prosecutions, rape by sally

‘Rape cases where a woman was held at knife point, a film of an attack was found on a suspect’s phone and an alleged perpetrator admitted the offence in text messages are among those dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service, documents shared with the Guardian reveal.’

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The Guardian, 30th June 2020

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Public prosecutor faces legal action over Cummings’ Durham trip – The Guardian

‘A judicial review is being sought over the failure of the director of public prosecutions, Max Hill, to investigate Dominic Cummings for alleged breaches of the coronavirus lockdown rules.’

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The Guardian, 16th June 2020

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Nazir Afzal joins legal fight for new inquiry into Dominic Cummings – The Guardian

‘Nazir Afzal, a former regional chief prosecutor, has joined a legal campaign for a new investigation into Dominic Cummings over alleged breaches of the coronavirus lockdown rules.’

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The Guardian, 14th June 2020

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Director of Public Prosecutions threatened with legal action over failure to investigate Dominic Cummings – The Guardian

‘The director of public prosecutions, Max Hill, is being threatened with legal action over the failure to investigate Dominic Cummings for alleged breaches of the lockdown rules.’

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The Guardian, 10th June 2020

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Belly Mujinga: CPS to review Covid-19 death of station worker – BBC News

Posted June 8th, 2020 in assault, bereavement, coronavirus, Crown Prosecution Service, families, news by sally

‘The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has been asked to review evidence into the death of a railway worker who was reportedly spat at by a man claiming to have coronavirus.’

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BBC News, 5th June 2020

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EP 114: CPS Rape Prosecution Policy – Jennifer MacLeod – Law Pod UK

Posted June 2nd, 2020 in Crown Prosecution Service, news, podcasts, prosecutions, rape by sally

‘In Episode 114, Emma-Louise Fenelon speaks to Jennifer MacLeod from Brick Court Chambers about two recent Divisional Court decisions concerning CPS rape prosecution policy.’

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Law Pod UK, 1st June 2020

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Officers ‘wary’ as spit attacks rise in coronavirus pandemic – BBC News

‘Spitting attacks on police may be behind a national rise in assaults on emergency workers during lockdown, officials have said.’

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BBC News, 23rd May 2020

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