Disclosure Is Essential To A Fair Trial. We Must Get It Right – Rights Info

Posted December 12th, 2018 in Crown Prosecution Service, disclosure, human rights, news, police by sally

‘Barrister Stefan Hyman outlines why the duty of disclosure is integral to our criminal justice system and vital to a fair trial, a fundamental human right.’

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Rights Info, 12th December 2018

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CPS ‘bizarrely’ opted for conviction over deferred prosecution in bribery case – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 12th, 2018 in bribery, Crown Prosecution Service, deferred prosecution agreements, news by sally

‘The lawyer who represented the defendant in what became the first conviction for ‘failure to prevent bribery’ has said it is ‘unfortunate’ that a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) was not offered and that a larger company may have been given more preferential treatment.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 11th December 2018

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Further CPS cuts impossible as workload grows, says new boss – The Guardian

‘The Crown Prosecution Service cannot sustain further cuts because digital technology is imposing heavy additional workloads on its lawyers, Max Hill QC, the new director of public prosecutions, has told MPs.’

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The Guardian, 4th December 2018

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Prosecutor wants more convictions for crimes against elderly – BBC News

‘The head of the Crown Prosecution Service in Wales says he wants to see more prosecutions of people who commit crimes against older people.’

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BBC News, 19th November 2018

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The challenges facing England’s new prosecution chief – BBC News

Posted November 14th, 2018 in budgets, Crown Prosecution Service, disclosure, evidence, news, prosecutions by sally

‘Max Hill QC takes up his role as head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the chief agency for conducting criminal prosecutions in England and Wales, at a hugely challenging time.’

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BBC News, 13th November 2018

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CPS slammed over victim letter errors – BBC News

Posted November 8th, 2018 in Crown Prosecution Service, mistake, news, standards, statistics by tracey

‘Victims of crime have been sent too many letters containing spelling mistakes, wrong addresses and other errors, inspectors have found. Letters from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) were deemed “unsatisfactory” with more than three quarters not properly written.’

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BBC News, 8th November 2018

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Paul Gambaccini secures CPS payout over unfounded abuse claims – BBC News

‘Radio DJ Paul Gambaccini has secured a payout from prosecutors over unfounded allegations of historical sex offences.’

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BBC News, 3rd November 2018

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Sisters Uncut protest over CPS handling of sex abuse victims’ sensitive data – The Guardian

‘Protesters have targeted the headquarters of the Crown Prosecution Service, demanding that the authorities stop making sexual abuse victims hand over reams of highly sensitive personal information before prosecuting their attackers.’

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The Guardian, 2nd November 2018

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CPS criticised as charges dropped over death of man in UK detention camp – The Guardian

‘The family of a man found dead in an immigration detention centre have reacted with fury to a decision to drop criminal charges against two private firms.’

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The Guardian, 30th October 2018

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Crown Prosecution Service head: justice system can’t cope – The Guardian

‘Britain’s criminal justice system is “creaking” and unable to cope with the huge amounts of data being generated by technology, the head of the Crown Prosecution Service has warned in her final interview before stepping down.’

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The Guardian, 27th October 2018

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Publication of revised Code for Crown Prosecutors – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted October 26th, 2018 in codes of practice, Crown Prosecution Service, press releases by tracey

‘Revisions to the Code for Crown Prosecutors have been unveiled today by Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 24th October 2018

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Disabled victims of hate crime receiving improved service from prosecutors – report – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted October 9th, 2018 in Crown Prosecution Service, disabled persons, hate crime, press releases by tracey

‘A network of prosecutors dedicated to tackling hate crime has helped the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) improve the experience of disabled victims, an inspection report has found.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 9th October 2018

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Rape complainants’ lawyers to challenge CPS over dropped cases – The Guardian

‘Lawyers for rape complainants who have been “failed” by the criminal justice system are preparing to launch a legal challenge against the Crown Prosecution Service, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 28th September 2018

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Rape charges down by 23% in year despite rise in police reports – The Independent

Posted September 27th, 2018 in Crown Prosecution Service, news, prosecutions, rape, statistics by tracey

‘The number of people being charged with rape has fallen by almost a quarter, despite a rise in attacks being reported to police. New figures released by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) show a 23 per cent drop in the number of rape suspects prosecuted in 2017-18 from the year before.’

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The Independent, 26th September 2018

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Prosecutors urged to ditch ‘weak’ rape cases to improve figures – The Guardian

Posted September 25th, 2018 in Crown Prosecution Service, news, prosecutions, rape, statistics by sally

‘Prosecutors in England and Wales have been urged to take a more risk-averse approach in rape cases to help stem widespread criticism of the service’s low conviction rates, the Guardian can reveal.’

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The Guardian, 24th September 2018

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CPS to take no action against police over death of Leon Briggs – The Guardian

Posted September 13th, 2018 in Crown Prosecution Service, death in custody, mental health, news, police, prosecutions by tracey

‘The police watchdog passed a file to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in March 2016 concerning two Bedfordshire police constables, three sergeants and a member of police staff, suggesting they may have committed crimes over the death of Leon Briggs in 2013. In January prosecutors said no action would be taken against one of the officers, and they have now confirmed that the other five people will also face no charges.’

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The Guardian, 12th September 2018

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CPS drops all charges against former Hillsborough officer – The Guardian

‘The Crown Prosecution Service has dropped all criminal charges against Sir Norman Bettison relating to his conduct as a South Yorkshire police chief inspector in the force’s response to the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.’

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The Guardian, 21st August 2018

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CPS defends handling of case against cricketer Ben Stokes – The Guardian

Posted August 16th, 2018 in affray, alcohol abuse, assault, Crown Prosecution Service, news, prosecutions, sport by sally

‘The Crown Prosecution Service has defended its handling of the high-profile case against the England cricketer Ben Stokes after a jury unanimously cleared him of affray.’

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The Guardian, 15th August 2018

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Man freed on first day of acid attack trial in Liverpool – The Guardian

‘A judge has called on the Crown Prosecution Service to expand its review of disclosure failures after a man spent six months in prison accused of carrying out an acid attack only to be freed on the first day of his trial.’

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The Guardian, 21st July 2018

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First terrorism charges against ex-soldier who fought Islamic State fail as prosecutors offer no evidence – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 1st, 2018 in Crown Prosecution Service, evidence, news, prosecutions, terrorism by sally

‘A British ex-soldier accused of attending terrorist training camps run by militia fighting against Islamic State has had terrorism charges against him dropped.’

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Daily Telegraph, 31st July 2018

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