Concerns raised over prosecution of trafficked British children – The Guardian

‘The children’s commissioner is raising concerns with the Crown Prosecution Service about young victims of human trafficking being prosecuted rather than protected, following a Guardian investigation.’

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The Guardian, 19th September 2019

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Child victims of human trafficking prosecuted despite CPS rules – The Guardian

‘Young British victims of human trafficking who have been forced to sell drugs in county lines operations are being charged and prosecuted despite guidelines against doing so, the Guardian can reveal.’

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The Guardian, 17th September 2019

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Rape convictions at record low, as CPS launches review to examine ‘myths and stereotypes’ about sexual violence – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 12th, 2019 in Crown Prosecution Service, news, prosecutions, rape, statistics by tracey

‘The number of people prosecuted for rape in England and Wales has slumped to an all-time low, despite record volumes of cases being reported to police, new figures show.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th September 2019

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Solicitor General’s speech at Cambridge Symposium on Economic Crime 2019 – Attorney General’s Office

‘The Solicitor General discusses some of the UK’s key successes in tackling economic crime and the UK government’s ambitious Economic Crime Plan.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 2nd September 2019

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Albanian crime boss who ran multi-million pound drugs racked ordered to pay only £14,380 – Daily Telegraph

‘An Albanian drugs kingpin who ran a multi-million pound cocaine racket only has to pay back £14,380 after the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) requested a “risible” sum, a judge has complained.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th September 2019

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CPS investigates GMP officers after man found unresponsive in police van – The Guardian

‘Five police officers are under investigation by the Crown Prosecution Service after a man was found unresponsive in a police van in Oldham and later pronounced dead in hospital.’

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The Guardian, 20th August 2019

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Number of people dealt with by criminal justice system falls to lowest level since records began – The Independent

‘The number of people prosecuted or handed penalties for crimes in England and Wales has fallen to a record low as offences rise. Statistics released by the Ministry of Justice showed the figure dropped by 2 per cent to 1.59 million people in the year to March.’

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The Independent, 15th August 2019

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Sentencing review to look at most dangerous and prolific offenders – Ministry of Justice

‘The work, which begins immediately, will focus on whether violent and sexual offenders are serving sentences that truly reflect the severity of their crimes. It will consider whether changes in legislation are needed to lock criminals up for longer – by not letting them out automatically part-way through a sentence. It will also look at how to break the cycle of repeat offending.’

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Ministry of Justice, 12th August 2019

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Inspectors play down CPS correspondence failings – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted August 13th, 2019 in case management, Crown Prosecution Service, delay, news, solicitors, standards by tracey

‘The Crown Prosecution Service deals with defence correspondence quickly, according to inspectors in a report published today which, they say, “somewhat undermines” solicitors’ claims that letters go unanswered.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 13th August 2019

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Law and order: Extra £85m for CPS to tackle violent crime – BBC News

Posted August 12th, 2019 in budgets, Crown Prosecution Service, news, prosecutions, violence by tracey

‘The Crown Prosecution Service will receive an extra £85m over the next two years, to help deal with a rise in violent crime in England and Wales. It comes as Boris Johnson launches a review of sentencing of some dangerous and prolific offenders.’

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BBC News, 12th August 2019

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Victims’ commissioner to meet woman who went into hiding after ex freed – The Guardian

‘The victims’ commissioner for England and Wales is to call for increased support for domestic abuse victims after a woman went into hiding when her violent ex-partner was released from prison early.’

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The Guardian, 4th August 2019

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Legal system ‘beyond the point of collapse’ as three men avoid jail – BBC News

‘The legal system in England and Wales is “beyond the point of collapse”, according to a Crown Court judge. Judge Simon Carr gave three men suspended sentences instead of sending them to jail because of how long it had taken for the case to get to court.’

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BBC News, 31st July 2019

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CPS successfully prosecutes second major modern slavery case this month – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A father and son have today (29 July) been convicted for their roles in long-running conspiracy to exploit Eastern European workers they trafficked into the UK.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 29th July 2019

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Victims of rape have only 1.4 per cent chance of the case being solved, new figures show – Daily Telegraph

‘Theft and rape are among ten offences where the chances of cases being solved has fallen to below one in 50 or two per cent, the lowest rates on record, an analysis of new Home Office figures reveals.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th July 2019

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New Victims’ commissioner sparks row with prosecutors as she says policy of taking rape victims’ phones is being used to discredit them – Daily Telegraph

‘The new Victims’ Commissioner has sparked a row after accusing prosecutors and police of taking “irrelevant” personal information from rape victims’ phones that discredits them.’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th July 2019

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Breast-ironing is abuse and could lead to prison term, says CPS – The Guardian

‘Relatives who “iron” a young girl’s chest with a hot stone or other objects to delay breast formation could face up to 10 years in prison, under new guidance published by the Crown Prosecution Service.’

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The Guardian, 19th July 2019

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CPS cancels meeting on rape victims’ phone data due to legal action – The Guardian

‘Police chiefs and prosecutors have been accused of treating a coalition of women’s groups with contempt after cancelling a meeting to discuss concerns over requests to hand over mobile phone records in rape investigations.’

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The Guardian, 6th July 2019

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Rape victims may not report attacks because of ‘intrusive’ phone demands, watchdog warns – The Independent

‘Rape victims may not report attacks because of “intrusive” demands for their mobile phones and personal records, a report has warned. Baroness Newlove, the outgoing victims’ commissioner for England and Wales, said there had been a “breakdown in confidence between victims of sexual violence and the criminal justice system”.’

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The Independent, 27th June 2019

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Hillsborough police chief will face retrial, judge rules – The Guardian

‘The former South Yorkshire police chief superintendent who was in command of the 1989 FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough, where 96 people were killed, will face a retrial on a charge of gross negligence manslaughter, a judge has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 25th June 2019

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MPs demand prosecutors reverse ‘covert change’ causing plummeting rape charges – The Independent

‘MPs are calling on authorities to reverse a “covert change in policy” on rape cases amid plummeting prosecutions. Only 1.7 per cent of rapes reported to police in England and Wales now result in a charge, and victims have accused authorities of “decriminalising” sex attacks.’

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The Independent, 23rd June 2019

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