CPS accused of betraying rape victims as prosecutions hit record low – The Guardian

‘The Crown Prosecution Service must be held to account for its continued “betrayal” of rape victims, the victims’ commissioner of England and Wales has said, as new figures revealed rape prosecutions had fallen to another record low.’

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The Guardian, 22nd July 2021

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Fraudster jailed for duping over 200 victims in million-pound fake car sales scam – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A fraudster posing as a car salesman has been jailed today (16 July 2021) for defrauding over 200 unsuspecting car buyers out of more than one million pounds.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 16th July 2021

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Met Police sergeant spared jail after filming woman in shower – The Independent

‘A police sergeant from London’s Metropolitan Police, who used his iPhone to spy on a woman whilst she was showering, has been spared jail.’

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The Independent, 15th July 2021

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Police and CPS in rape case blame game – report – BBC News

‘Police and the Crown Prosecution Service are involved in a blame game over a drop in rape prosecutions, a watchdogs’ report has said.’

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BBC News, 16th July 2021

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CPS diversity declaration rule to put chambers under spotlight – Legal Futures

‘The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is to use a new annual online declaration by panel barristers of any protected characteristics to analyse the proportionality of case allocation and fee payments within chambers.’

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Legal Futures, 13th July 2021

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CPS publishes updated guidance for handling of illegal entry cases via small boats – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Prosecutors and law enforcement agencies have agreed a consistent approach to the handling of cases involving illegal entry to the UK via small boats and lorries.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 8th July 2021

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Migrants who steer dinghies across English Channel to claim asylum will no longer be prosecuted – The Independent

Posted July 9th, 2021 in asylum, bills, Crown Prosecution Service, immigration, news, prosecutions by tracey

‘Migrants who steer dinghies across the English Channel with the sole intention of claiming asylum in port will no longer be prosecuted, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has said.’

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The Independent, 8th July 2021

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Rape victims still face police phone trawl, says commissioner – BBC News

‘Proposals for England and Wales mean people who claim to have been raped will still face pressure to hand over their phones to police and prosecutors, says the victims’ commissioner.’

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BBC News, 17th July 2021

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PC who killed Dalian Atkinson jailed – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Benjamin Monk, 43, has been sentenced to eight years in prison after being found guilty last week of killing former Aston Villa player Dalian Atkinson.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 29th June 2021

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Operation Fort: Three gang members convicted of human trafficking – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Three pivotal members of the largest human trafficking ring ever exposed in the UK have been convicted of people trafficking offences that involved vulnerable victims being intimidated and exploited, having their wages funnelled in to bank accounts controlled by members of the gang and being paid only paltry sums in return for their labours.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 25th June 2021

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Anti-money laundering expert convicted of siphoning criminal money abroad – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted June 25th, 2021 in Crown Prosecution Service, fraud, money laundering, news by tracey

‘The former chairman of a UK group that represents the payment services industry has been convicted today (23 June 2021) of laundering the proceeds of an investment fraud worth £850,000 and involving more than 60 victims.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 25th June 2021

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New minimum standards for rape and sexual assault victim support – Crown Prosecution Service

‘We know that when victims have good emotional and practical support from our excellent ISVA partners, and close liaison with police and prosecutors, the criminal justice process becomes more manageable for them and justice outcomes improve. Currently there is a gap on setting out what best practice looks like – this framework aims to close that gap. New minimum standards for the support of rape and sexual violence victims have today (Friday 18 June) been published by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC).’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 17th June 2021

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Justice Secretary Robert Buckland ‘sorry’ for failing rape victims – BBC News

‘Justice Secretary Robert Buckland has apologised to rape victims for low conviction rates in England and Wales and promised to “do a lot better”.’

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BBC News 18th June 2021

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Christopher Kapessa: Family wins legal bid to review decision not to prosecute teen over river death – The Independent

‘The family of 13-year-old Christopher Kapessa, who died after being pushed into the River Cynon in South Wales in July 2019, have won a High Court bid for a review of the decision not to prosecute the teenager accused of being responsible.’

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The Independent, 11th June 2021

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Christopher Kapessa: Mum plans legal action over river death – BBC News

‘A mother plans to launch her own legal action if the decision not to prosecute the boy reportedly involved in her son’s death is not reversed.’

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BBC News, 7th June 2021

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CPS statement on Hillsborough ruling – Crown Prosecution Service

‘The Nightingale Court at The Lowry Theatre, Manchester, has found there is no case for Peter Metcalf, former Chief Superintendent Donald Denton and former Detective Chief Inspector Alan Foster to answer on the charges of perverting the course of justice in relation to their actions following the Hillsborough disaster in 1989.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 26th May 2021

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Hillsborough: why has the trial collapsed and what happens next? – The Guardian

‘A judge has stopped the trial of two former South Yorkshire police officers and the force’s former solicitor, who had been charged with perverting the course of justice for amending police statements after the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.’

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The Guardian, 26th May 2021

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Police and prosecutors must focus on actions of alleged rapists not victims, new guidance says – The Independent

‘Police and prosecutors are to place greater focus on the actions of alleged rapists rather than their victims, after charges hit a record low. New legal guidance published by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) says investigators must use an “offender-centric” approach and look closely at the actions of suspects before, during and after reported attacks.’

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The Independent, 21st May 2021

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CPS updates rape legal guidance to reflect rapid growth in digital evidence – Crown Prosecution Service

‘The CPS has published refreshed rape and serious sexual offences (RASSO) legal guidance, delivering on our ongoing commitment to make the prosecution of these crimes reflect today’s rapidly changing society.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 21st May 2021

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Rape victims in England and Wales to give video evidence to boost convictions – The Guardian

‘Rape victims in England and Wales will be able to provide their evidence on video prior to a trial to help improve conviction rates, it is understood.’

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The Guardian, 17th May 2021

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