NHS trust failed in care of baby who died 23 minutes after birth – The Guardian

Posted January 26th, 2023 in birth, guilty pleas, hospitals, news, prosecutions, standards by sally

‘The mother of a baby girl who died in hospital 23 minutes after being born has said she was “failed in the most cruel way” by an NHS Trust that has admitted failings in their care.’

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The Guardian, 25th January 2023

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Tech bosses face jail if children not kept safe online after UK parliament deal – The Guardian

Posted January 17th, 2023 in amendments, bills, children, internet, news, prosecutions by sally

‘Tech executives whose platforms persistently fail to protect children from online harm will face criminal charges after ministers reached a deal with Conservative backbenchers.’

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The Guardian, 16th January 2023

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Victims and families call for prosecutions as contaminated blood inquiry nears end – The Guardian

Posted January 16th, 2023 in bereavement, blood products, families, inquiries, news, prosecutions, victims by tracey

‘Victims and family members affected by the contaminated blood scandal are calling for criminal charges to be considered as the public inquiry into the tragedy draws to a close. While the inquiry, which will begin to hear closing submissions on Tuesday, cannot determine civil or criminal liability, people affected by the scandal are keen for the mass of documents and evidence accumulated over more than four years to be handed over to prosecutors to see whether charges can be brought.’

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The Guardian, 16th January 2023

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Prosecution crisis ‘will deepen’ without fee increase, CBA chief warns – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Ministry of Justice has hailed the “significant progress” that has been made since the government published its landmark rape review action plan – however, the Criminal Bar Association has warned that complainants will continue to wait years for a trial unless prosecutors’ fees are increased.’

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Law Society's Gazette,15th December 2022

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Eight in 10 rape charges tried by UK military courts end without conviction – The Guardian

Posted November 3rd, 2022 in armed forces, courts martial, news, prosecutions, rape, sexual offences, statistics by sally

‘A scandal over sexual abuse in the submarine service has deepened as it emerged that eight in 10 rape charges tried by a military court martial over the past three years ended without conviction.’

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The Guardian, 2nd November 2022

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Court of Appeal rules on power to prosecute consumer offences outside local authority area – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 2nd, 2022 in appeals, local government, news, prosecutions, statutory interpretation by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has handed down a key ruling in conjoined appeals on the power of a local authority to prosecute consumer offences outside its area.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st November 2022

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National blueprint for prosecuting rape takes a step closer with refreshed joint work pledge – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A blueprint for prosecuting rape and serious sexual offences has taken a significant step forward today – as new data reveals charge rates for rape have increased to 72.8%.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 20th October 2022

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In 2017 Daria Aspen told police her stepfather had raped her. Why did it take five years to even charge him? – The Guardian

Posted October 20th, 2022 in child abuse, delay, domestic violence, news, prosecutions, rape, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘Aspen hoped she could protect others from the man who had abused her as a child. She didn’t realise how slowly the case would move, or how many intrusive questions she would have to answer.’

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The Guardian, 18th October 2022

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60 violent and sexual offence cases wrongfully dropped in past year, BBC discovers – BBC News

‘Violent and sexual crimes are among cases wrongfully dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service in the past year.’

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BBC News, 11th October 2022

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Woman to sue CPS after rape case dropped over sexsomnia claims – The Guardian

Posted October 6th, 2022 in consent, Crown Prosecution Service, news, prosecutions, rape, sleepwalking by sally

‘A woman is suing the Crown Prosecution Service after it admitted her rape case should not have been dropped because of claims she had an episode of a rare sleep condition called sexsomnia.’

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The Guardian, 5th October 2022

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‘Claims I had sexsomnia destroyed my rape case’ – BBC News

‘Jade McCrossen-Nethercott’s rape case was dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) because of claims she had an episode of a rare sleep condition called “sexsomnia”. As a result, the CPS no longer believed they could secure a conviction. But Jade challenged the decision and spent months reinvestigating.’

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BBC News, 5th October 2022

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Dalian Atkinson’s family condemns justice system for six-year delay – The Guardian

Posted September 29th, 2022 in bereavement, delay, families, homicide, minorities, news, police, prosecutions by sally

‘Dalian Atkinson’s family have criticised police for taking the life of their loved one and condemned the justice system for taking six years to complete criminal trials of officers involved.’

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The Guardian, 28th September 2022

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Borough council prosecution secures £200k fine after metal object found in Krispy Kreme doughnut – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 27th, 2022 in fines, food hygiene, health & safety, local government, news, prosecutions by sally

‘Melton Borough Council has prosecuted Krispy Kreme UK for three offences of food hygiene and safety after a sharp piece of metal was found in a doughnut.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 26th September 2022

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Labour urges immediate rights extension for associate prosecutors – Legal Futures

‘The Labour Party has called for the role of associate prosecutors (APs) to be expanded so as to help reduce the massive backlog in criminal cases awaiting hearings.’

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Legal Futures, 30th August 2022

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Sarah Everard vigil protester sues Met police after conviction – The Guardian

‘A woman who was arrested and charged after attending the vigil for Sarah Everard in Clapham last year has launched civil proceedings against the Metropolitan police.’

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The Guardian, 16th August 2022

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Will Trial Rape Courts Address Low Conviction Rates? – Each Other

Posted August 16th, 2022 in courts, domestic violence, news, pilot schemes, prosecutions, rape, victims by sally

‘A year after the Government’s Rape Review, a pilot scheme was announced that would establish three specialist rape courts in England. But with concerns from the sector about access to justice, survivors’ welfare and funding: Will specialist rape courts address low conviction rates and support survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence?’

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Each Other, 12th August 2022

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Serial domestic abuser convicted of assault – BBC News

Posted August 15th, 2022 in assault, domestic violence, murder, news, police, prosecutions, rape, sexual offences by tracey

‘A “serial domestic abuse perpetrator” who escaped a rape prosecution after a series of official failings has been convicted of assaulting another woman.’

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BBC News, 13th August 2022

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CPS halts prosecution of six protesters for attending Sarah Everard vigil – The Independent

‘The prosecution of six protesters for attending a vigil for Sarah Everard has been halted.’

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The Independent, 14th August 2022

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Almost 1.5m England and Wales crime victims opt not to pursue cases – The Guardian

Posted August 12th, 2022 in criminal justice, news, police, political parties, prosecutions, statistics, victims by tracey

‘Almost 1.5 million victims of crime in England and Wales have decided not to pursue their cases, feeding concern that public confidence in the criminal justice system has collapsed.’

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The Guardian, 12th August 2022

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Society fails women by not believing rape victims, campaigner says – The Independent

‘Society must stop “failing” women by assuming rape victims are lying, a campaigner who helped shape the Government’s landmark review of serious sexual offences has said.’

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The Independent, 15th June 2022

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