Suspects to avoid criminal charges in UK during Covid-19 crisis – The Guardian

‘Suspected offenders are set to avoid criminal charges under unprecedented new guidance to ease the burden on the justice system during the coronavirus outbreak.’

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The Guardian, 14th April 2020

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High Court overturns decision not to prosecute rape allegation – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Divisional Court has recently handed down a novel decision in R (FNM) v DPP, considering the right of complainants to a fair opportunity to make representations to the Director for Public Prosecutions (“DPP”), and for those representations to be considered, when conducting a review under the Victims’ Right to Review Scheme (“the VRR Scheme”).’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 14th April 2020

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Secret policy change by CPS cut number of rape trials, high court told – The Guardian

‘A legal challenge over alleged changes to Crown Prosecution Service policy on bringing charges in rape cases has been dismissed by the high court.’

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The Guardian, 17th March 2020

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Bill sets five-year limit to prosecute UK armed forces who served abroad – The Guardian

‘A five-year time limit on bringing prosecutions against soldiers and veterans who have served abroad – except in “exceptional circumstances” – is to be imposed under legislation introduced by the government.’

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The Guardian, 18th March 2020

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Ealing rape victim’s family donate £10,000 to legal claim against CPS – The Guardian

‘The family of Jill Saward, the Ealing rape victim who became a leading figure in the fight against sexual violence, has donated thousands of pounds to a legal challenge against the Crown Prosecution Service.’

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The Guardian, 14th March 2020

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CPS failed to tell inspectors of internal review revealing rape case failings – The Guardian

‘The Crown Prosecution Service conducted a secret internal review that exposed its failings in rape cases – but failed to share it with inspectors who were conducting an official inquiry for a major government investigation into rape, the Guardian can reveal.’

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The Guardian, 15th March 2020

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Police drop investigation into pilot over Emiliano Sala plane crash – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 12th, 2020 in aircraft, homicide, news, prosecutions by tracey

‘No further action will be taken against a man arrested on suspicion of manslaughter in relation to the plane crash that killed footballer Emiliano Sala, police have said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th March 2020

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Caroline Flack: Who decides whether someone should go on trial? – BBC News

Posted February 18th, 2020 in assault, domestic violence, news, prosecutions, public interest by sally

‘TV presenter Caroline Flack was found dead in her home on Saturday, weeks before she was due to stand trial for assaulting her boyfriend, Lewis Burton.’

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BBC News, 17th February 2020

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Crimes unreported as public lose faith in police – BBC News

‘Victims are no longer reporting some crimes to police because so many offenders are never brought to justice. A new report said the public are losing faith in the criminal justice system and have “rumbled” that police do not have the capacity to investigate.’

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BBC News, 7th February 2020

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CPS knew rape ‘ambition’ could have perverse consequences – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Crown Prosecution Service was aware in 2015 that its conviction rate “levels of ambition” could have unintended consequences, the Gazette can reveal.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 5th February 2020

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Police sending a third fewer rape cases to prosecutors, figures show – The Guardian

‘Rape victims are finding it increasingly difficult to access justice as police refer fewer cases to the Crown Prosecution Service and fewer allegations of rape are being prosecuted and convicted, according to new figures.’

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The Guardian, 30th January 2020

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Have confidence, come forward, rape victims urged – BBC News

‘”Have confidence, come forward,” the director of public prosecutions has told victims of rape, as the number of prosecutions continues to fall.’

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BBC News, 30th January 2020

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Grenfell Tower fire: Firms want immunity over evidence – BBC News

Posted January 30th, 2020 in evidence, fire, health & safety, immunity, inquiries, news, prosecutions by tracey

‘Firms involved in the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower have asked the public inquiry into the fire for a guarantee that anything they say in the hearings will not be used for any prosecution.’

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BBC News, 29th January 2020

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Call for new law to protect victims in the justice system – The Guardian

Posted January 27th, 2020 in courts, criminal justice, news, prosecutions, statistics, victims by sally

‘Ministers have been urged to introduce a “victims’ law” to stop people losing faith in the criminal justice system. The move comes after new data revealed that the number of crime victims who decline to press charges has more than doubled in five years.’

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The Guardian, 25th January 2020

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Crime: Number of suspects charged by police hits new low – BBC News

‘Only about one in 14 crimes reported to police lead to a suspect being charged, official statistics have shown.’

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BBC News, 23rd January 2020

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Domestic abuse cases abandoned too quickly when victims retreat – study – The Guardian

‘Police and prosecutors are dropping domestic abuse cases far too readily when victims become reluctant to pursue complaints against often violent partners, an official inspectorate report has warned.’

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The Guardian, 23rd January 2020

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Fake lawyer who represented clients in High Court faces jail time – Daily Telegraph

‘A man who pretended to be a qualified and experienced solicitor as he represented clients at the High Court is facing a possible jail sentence.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th January 2020

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Prison sentences for fly-tippers as government announces new ‘waste police’ unit – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 16th, 2020 in environmental protection, hazardous substances, news, prosecutions, waste by sally

‘Fly-tippers will face prison, the environment secretary has said, as the government announces a new “waste police” unit.f

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Daily Telegraph, 15th January 2020

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Manchester sex abuse: ‘Fundamental flaws’ left children unprotected – BBC News

Posted January 14th, 2020 in news, prosecutions, reports, sexual offences, social services by sally

‘Police and social workers investigating child sex exploitation in Manchester knew children were suffering “the most profound abuse… but did not protect them”, a report has found.’

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BBC News, 14th January 2020

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Police errors may have let abusers of up to 52 children escape justice – The Guardian

Posted January 14th, 2020 in child abuse, news, police, prosecutions, sexual offences, social services by sally

‘Up to 52 children may have been victims of a sex abuse scandal in Greater Manchester, with most offenders getting away with their crimes because of errors by police and children’s services, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 14th January 2020

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