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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Grenfell Tower: Will anyone go to prison? – BBC News

Posted June 14th, 2022 in fire, health & safety, news, prosecutions by sally

‘Five years after fire ripped through Grenfell Tower in west London, a public inquiry has laid bare the string of failures which resulted in the deaths of 72 people. But behind closed doors, police are carrying out one of the largest and most complex criminal investigations ever. When will justice be done and will it result in prison sentences?’

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BBC News, 14th June 2022

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All strangulation of women is serious – and it’s time for the law to step up – The Guardian

Posted May 31st, 2022 in assault, domestic violence, news, prosecutions, sentencing, women by sally

‘Next month, on 7 June, as part of the Domestic Abuse Act (2021), non-fatal strangulation (NFS) and suffocation becomes a free-standing offence, punishable by up to five years in prison in England and Wales. Campaigners including the Centre for Women’s Justice (CWJ) and We Can’t Consent To This – who challenged the defence where the perpetrator claims it happened as part of “rough sex gone wrong” – have long argued that NFS, if prosecuted at all, was frequently charged as common assault, receiving a sentence of a few months.’

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The Guardian, 29th May 2022

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CPS guidance ‘makes things worse’ for rape survivors, victims’ commissioner says – The Guardian

‘New guidance designed to give rape victims confidence to get therapy before their trial “makes things worse” for survivors and lessened their protections, according to the victims’ commissioner, Vera Baird.’

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The Guardian, 26th May 2022

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Plans to put victims back at the centre of justice system published – Ministry of Justice

Posted May 26th, 2022 in bills, criminal justice, news, prosecutions, victims by sally

‘Draft legislation published today by the Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab will pave the way for the first ever Victims’ Law – putting their needs and voices firmly at the heart of the justice system.’

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Ministry of Justice, 25th May 2022

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Third of revenge porn cases dropped by victims – The Independent

Posted May 17th, 2022 in internet, news, pornography, prosecutions, victims, video recordings by tracey

‘More than a third of revenge porn cases are dropped by victims despite a suspect being identified, figures show.’

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The Independent, 16th May 2022

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Covid breach court case criticised by Bedford gym owner – BBC News

Posted May 3rd, 2022 in coronavirus, local government, news, penalties, prosecutions, regulations by sally

‘A gym boss who is among 20 people who overturned a prosecution for a gym-related Covid breach said the case against him was a waste of time.’

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BBC News, 3rd May 2022

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EPA prosecution costs – Nearly Legal

‘A judicial review of a Magistrates Court decision on costs in a section 82 Environmental Protection Act 1990 prosecution.’

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Nearly Legal, 18th April 2022

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Rape victims failed by UK criminal courts are being forced to seek justice elsewhere – The Guardian

Posted April 19th, 2022 in civil justice, damages, news, private prosecutions, prosecutions, rape, victims by sally

‘With prosecutions at an all-time low, some women are turning to civil courts – but the process can be difficult and expensive.’

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The Guardian, 19th April 2022

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Prosecutors given new guidance to prevent ‘myths’ from stopping domestic abuse charges – The Independent

Posted April 5th, 2022 in Crown Prosecution Service, domestic violence, news, prosecutions by sally

‘Prosecutors are to be given new guidance on domestic abuse cases that aims to tackle “myths and stereotypes” that can stop perpetrators being charged.’

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The Independent, 4th April 2022

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Prosecutions launched over Croydon tram crash – The Independent

Posted March 24th, 2022 in health & safety, news, prosecutions, transport by sally

‘Prosecutions have been launched over alleged health and safety failings relating to the Croydon tram crash.’

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The Independent, 24th March 2022

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Serial fly-tipper jailed after three councils pool legal resources and bring joint prosecution – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 10th, 2022 in local government, news, prosecutions, sentencing, waste by tracey

‘A joint prosecution by three councils has seen a serial fly-tipper sentenced to 21 months in prison and his van seized. Hillingdon Council teamed up with Buckinghamshire Council and Sutton Council to tackle what was described as Dean Stanley’s “deliberate and flagrant” campaign of dumping.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th March 2022

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Environment Agency downgrading 93% of prosecutions for serious pollution – The Guardian

‘England’s Environment Agency has downgraded 93% of prosecutions for serious pollution over four years, despite recommendations from frontline staff for the perpetrators to face the highest sanction, a leaked report seen by the Guardian reveals.’

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The Guardian, 2nd March 2022

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Family of shot activist Sasha Johnson vow to get justice after case collapses – The Guardian

Posted March 1st, 2022 in conspiracy, murder, news, prosecutions, witnesses by sally

‘The family of Sasha Johnson have vowed to get justice after the case against four men accused over the shooting that left her seriously injured collapsed last week.’

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The Guardian, 28th February 2022

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Rape victims ‘systematically failed’ in England and Wales, report finds – The Guardian

‘Rape survivors who report their attackers are being systematically failed by the criminal justice system resulting in an average wait of nearly two years before a trial begins, a damning official report has found.’

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The Guardian, 25th February 2022

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CPS head Max Hill severely criticised over record low in rape convictions – The Guardian

‘The director of public prosecutions for England and Wales has been severely criticised by Vera Baird, the victims’ commissioner, for failing to take responsibility for a record-breaking low in rape convictions.’

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The Guardian, 22nd February 2022

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Sasha Johnson shooting: case against four men collapses – The Guardian

Posted February 23rd, 2022 in attempted murder, Crown Prosecution Service, firearms, murder, news, prosecutions by sally

‘The case against four men charged over the shooting of the Black Lives Matter activist Sasha Johnson has collapsed, after the prosecution announced it would not be offering any evidence against them.’

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The Guardian, 22nd February 2022

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No stone left unturned to transform rape case handling says Director of Public Prosecutions – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted February 22nd, 2022 in case management, Crown Prosecution Service, news, prosecutions, rape by tracey

‘ “Leaving no stone unturned” to transform the way rape prosecutions are handled is key to helping more victims see justice, the Director of Public Prosecutions has said today.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 22nd February 2022

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UK drops ‘absurd’ case against Greenpeace for dropping rocks in sea – The Guardian

Posted February 8th, 2022 in demonstrations, environmental protection, fisheries, licensing, news, prosecutions by sally

‘The government agency charged with protecting the marine environment has dropped its case against Greenpeace over a protest intended to obstruct destructive fishing practices in UK coastal conservation areas.’

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The Guardian, 7th February 2022

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Terror case dropped against trafficking victim, aged 16 – BBC News

Posted January 27th, 2022 in children, news, prosecutions, terrorism, trafficking in human beings, victims by sally

‘The case against the youngest girl charged with terrorism offences in the UK has been dropped, after the Home Office decided she was a victim of trafficking.’

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BBC News, 27th January 2022

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