Failure to disclose vital evidence in criminal cases growing, says watchdog – The Guardian

‘Failure to disclose vital evidence is the biggest single cause of miscarriages of justice and the problem is getting worse, the outgoing chairman of the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) has said.’

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The Guardian, 11th October 2018

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Judge rejects challenge to police decision on council conduct and criminal proceedings – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 9th, 2018 in criminal procedure, local government, news, police, prosecutions by tracey

‘The High Court has dismissed a challenge to a decision by Thames Valley Police that, regarding the conduct of Oxfordshire County Council, there was insufficient evidence to meet the Crown Prosecution Service’s threshold so as to justify criminal proceedings against anyone.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 9th October 2018

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UK carers face fines and fraud charges because of overpaid benefit – The Guardian

Posted October 8th, 2018 in benefits, carers, fraud, news, prosecutions by sally

‘More than a thousand carers face being prosecuted for fraud as the government attempts to claw back overpayments to people who have been looking after sick and elderly relatives from the poorest communities, the Guardian has been told.’

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The Guardian, 7th October 2018

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High Court to look at case of alleged Isis duo who may face execution in US – The Guardian

Posted October 8th, 2018 in death penalty, foreign jurisdictions, news, prosecutions, terrorism by sally

‘The British government’s decision to co-operate with US authorities over the prosecution of two alleged Islamic State executioners without assurances that they will not face the death penalty, is to be challenged in the high court on Monday.’

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The Guardian, 8th 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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Judge hits out at case against senior police officer accused of ‘shoulder barging’ female colleague – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 1st, 2018 in assault, news, police, prosecutions, Uncategorized by sally

‘A judge and police leaders have questioned why a senior counter-terror officer had to face a criminal trial over a complaint that he “shoulder-barged” a female colleague.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th September 2018

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David Beckham swerves speeding prosecution thanks to loophole – The Independent

Posted September 28th, 2018 in news, prosecutions, road traffic offences, service by tracey

‘David Beckham will not be prosecuted over a speeding charge after the celebrity lawyer dubbed “Mr Loophole” successfully fought the allegation on a technicality.’

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The Independent, 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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Revealed: less than a third of young men prosecuted for rape are convicted – The Guardian

Posted September 24th, 2018 in news, prosecutions, rape, statistics, young persons by sally

‘The crisis engulfing the criminal justice system over its approach to rape cases is revealed by startling figures that show less than a third of prosecutions brought against young men result in a conviction.’

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The Guardian, 23rd September 2018

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Brecon Beacons SAS deaths: Call for MoD to face courts – BBC News

Posted September 20th, 2018 in armed forces, courts martial, criminal justice, immunity, negligence, news, prosecutions by tracey

‘The Ministry of Defence has not learned lessons from the deaths of three men on an SAS march and should lose its immunity from prosecution, an MP says.’

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BBC News, 19th 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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Met police dropped 30,000 criminal investigations in first 24 hours last year – The Guardian

Posted September 10th, 2018 in budgets, London, news, police, prosecutions, statistics by tracey

‘The Metropolitan police are increasingly dropping investigations into serious crimes such as sexual offences, violent attacks and arson within hours of them being reported, the Guardian can reveal.’

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The Guardian, 9th 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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Manslaughter prosecutions of those involved in supplying drugs and legal highs: an analysis – Six Pump Court

Posted August 17th, 2018 in drug abuse, food, homicide, news, prosecutions by sally

‘The case of REBELO concerned a business run by the Defendant (D) which sold the highly toxic chemical DNP as a food supplement which promoted weight loss. On 4th April 2015, a 21 year old woman, called Eloise Aimee Parry (EP) purchased 250mg DNP tablets from him through the internet. She subsequently died on 12th April 2015 as a result of having taken them. She died of DNP toxicity. That was the verdict of HM Coroner and the finding of the jury. D was prosecuted by the Harrow Council within whose area D’s centre of distribution was located. RICHARD BARRACLOUGH QC and GORDON MENZIES were instructed to prosecute as homicide, regulatory and food law specialists.’

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Six Pump Court, 15th August 2018

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Criminal prosecutions fall to record low despite crime reaching all-time high – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 17th, 2018 in crime, news, prosecutions, statistics by sally

‘Prosecutions have reached an all-time low despite crime soaring to a new record high, official Government figures reveal.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th 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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Hunting conviction rates fall to all time low as campaigners say act is ‘in tatters’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 13th, 2018 in hunting, news, prosecutions, statistics by sally

‘Hunting conviction rates have fallen to all time low as a series of high profile cases have collapsed, it can be revealed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th August 2018

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Modern slavery prosecutions rise by a quarter amid criticism of government crackdown – The Independent

Posted August 9th, 2018 in forced labour, news, prosecutions, statistics by tracey

‘The number of modern slavery prosecutions has risen by more than a quarter in the past year, but still make up a small fraction of the thousands of potential cases flagged to authorities.’

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The Independent, 9th August 2018

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Surrey police to hold review after trial of Jonathan King collapse – The Guardian

Posted August 7th, 2018 in child abuse, disclosure, news, police, prosecutions, sexual offences by sally

‘An independent review will take place after “fundamental failures” led to the collapse of disgraced music industry figure Jonathan King’s trial, a police and crime commissioner has said.’

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The Guardian, 6th August 2018

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