Archive for the 'Crown Prosecution Service' Category

Tomlinson inquest: Review to test evidence for a criminal trial – The Guardian

“The director of public prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, has ordered a review of his decision last year not to prosecute anyone in connection with the death of Ian Tomlinson.”

Full story

The Guardian, 4th May 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Lawcast 183: Nichola Higgins, Chairman of The Young Barristers Committee on the new CPS panel – Career at the Criminal Bar – Legal aid issues – Charon WC

“Today I am talking to Nichola Higgins, Chairman of the Young Barristers Committee. On the 30th March of this year, the CPS announced:

‘The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is today (30/3/2011) launching a new scheme for the delivery of prosecution services in court. All advocates undertaking prosecution work in the Crown Court (and Higher Courts) from October must be members of new, quality-controlled CPS Advocate Panels. The panels will be open to all barristers and solicitor advocates, and panel members will complement and work alongside CPS in-house advocates. Although the overall number of advocates on the panels will be reduced compared to the current lists, selected advocates will have more opportunity to undertake prosecution work. All current counsel lists will be abandoned when the panels commence on 1 October.’

We also looked at the broader health of the Criminal Bar, the impact of legal aid and the prospects for students contemplating a career at the Criminal Bar.”

Podcast

Charon QC, 21st April 2011

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of insitelaw newswire.

‘Restoring confidence so victims report rape is key’ – The Guardian

“As the director of public prosecutions, Keir Starmer is responsible for prosecutions, legal issues and criminal justice policy. Since he took up the post in November 2008, he has had to contend with the case of the death of Ian Tomlinson at the 2009 G20 Summit, the controversy around assisted suicide and has been drawn into the News of the World phone hacking scandal. Now he faces another challenge.”

Full story

The Guardian, 19th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

DPP asks power station protesters to appeal against trespass convictions – The Guardian

“The 20 protesters convicted of conspiracy to commit aggravated trespass after a demonstration at the Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station have been invited to appeal against their convictions by the director of public prosecutions.”

Full story

The Guardian, 18th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

DPP: Prosecutors and police must protect women in the home – Crown Prosecution Service

“Women in England and Wales are still more at risk of crime in their own homes than anywhere else, the Director of Public Prosecutions said in a speech today entitled ‘Domestic Violence: the facts, the issues, the future’.”

Full speech

Crown Prosecution Service, 12th April 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Murder cases given just one prosecutor as CPS pressured to cut costs – The Guardian

“Barristers and victim support groups have expressed concerns that in some murder trials, including forthcoming cases involving multiple defendants, the Crown Prosecution Service is instructing a single counsel for the prosecution.”

Full story

The Guardian, 13th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Law and police chiefs unite on scandal strategy – The Independent

“The director of Public Prosecutions and the second-in-command of Britain’s largest police force last night attempted to draw a line under a damaging split between them over whether legal advice limited the original investigation into the phone hacking scandal.”

Full story

The Independent, 12th April 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

CPS opens Advocate Panels application scheme – Crown Prosecution Service

“The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is today launching a new scheme for the delivery of prosecution services in court. All advocates undertaking prosecution work in the Crown Court (and Higher Courts) from October must be members of new, quality-controlled CPS Advocate Panels.”

Full story

Crown Prosecution Service, 31st March 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Bribery Act: CPS/SFO Prosecution Guidance Published – Crown Prosecution Service

“Today, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Keir Starmer QC, and the Director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Richard Alderman, issued joint guidance for prosecutors on the Bribery Act 2010.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 30th March 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Phone hacking: Met and DPP clash over legal advice on stolen voicemails – The Guardian

“The phone-hacking scandal has spilled over into an extraordinary public clash between the Metropolitan police and the director of public prosecutions, with each side implying the other has misled parliament.”

Full story

The Guardian, 24th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Prosecution of Philip Woolas not in public interest – Crown Prosecution Service

“Former MP Philip Woolas will not be prosecuted in relation to statements he made about an opponent during the 2010 General Election in Oldham East and Saddleworth.”

Full story

Crown Prosecution Service, 21st March 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

DPP says prosecuting disability hate crime is “the next frontier” for the Criminal Justice System – Crown Prosecution Service

“Prosecutors are ‘still in the foothills’ when it comes to prosecuting disability hate crime, the DPP Keir Starmer QC said today (Wednesday ) in a speech to Sussex Law School’s ‘Issues in Criminal Justice’ series at the University of Sussex.”

Full story

Crown Prosecution Service, 2nd March 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

CPS decision on Atherstone fire deaths: Three fire service managers face charges of manslaughter – Crown Prosecution Service

“Three Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service managers will face charges of manslaughter by gross negligence for the deaths of four firefighters in a warehouse in Atherstone-on-Stour in 2007, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has decided.”

Full story

Crown Prosecution Service, 28th February 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Airline worker found guilty of terrorism offences – Crown Prosecution Service

“Rajib Karim, a software engineer for British Airways (BA), was found guilty today at Woolwich Crown Court of involvement in preparing a ‘chilling plan’ to blow up a passenger plane.”

Full story

Crown Prosecution Service, 28th February 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Judge criticises CPS for prosecuting man for pictures available in bookshops – Daily Telegraph

“A top judge has queried why a man was prosecuted for possessing ‘indecent’ images of children – when the photos were available for sale in a string of respectable mainstream bookshops.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 24th February 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Retracting rape and domestic violence allegations: CPS launches public consultation – Crown Prosecution Service

“Individuals who retract truthful allegations of rape or domestic violence out of fear are less likely to be prosecuted under proposed new guidance for prosecutors on the offence of perverting the course of justice, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, said today. But individuals who make malicious false allegations should know they risk prosecution, he said.”

Full story

Crown Prosecution Service, 10th February 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Embrace electronic working, criminal law solicitors told – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Law Society has called on criminal law firms to embrace electronic working, as the Crown Prosecution Services seeks to become completely digital by April 2012.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 9th February 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

DPP’s power to block war crimes arrests is in the public interest – The Guardian

“The director of public prosecutions has disclosed how he proposes to use unique new powers enabling him to block the arrest of visiting foreigners accused of war crimes abroad.”

Full story

The Guardian, 26th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

CPS opens specialist Appeals Unit – Crown Prosecution Service

“The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has established a specialist Appeals Unit that will take on new cases in the appeal courts, including all work involving the Criminal Cases Review Commission and Unduly Lenient Sentences.”

Full story

Crown Prosecution Service, 26th January 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Phone-hacking scandal: DPP orders ‘robust approach’ – The Guardian

“The Crown Prosecution Service is to adopt a ‘robust approach’ in examining ‘recent or new substantive allegations’ of phone hacking.”

Full story

The Guardian, 25th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

News of the World phone hacking: DPP orders review of police evidence – The Guardian

“The Crown Prosecution Service yesterday (13 January) announced that it would mount a ‘comprehensive’ review of phone-hacking material held by the Metropolitan police in a dramatic volte-face prompted by recent revelations in the courts.”

Full story

The Guardian, 14th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Undercover officer ‘switched sides’ in power station trial – The Independent

“The trial of six people accused of trying to shut down one of Britain’s biggest power stations has collapsed amid claims that an undercover policeman who infiltrated their group offered to give evidence on their behalf.”

Full story

The Independent, 10th January 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

CPS publishes guidance on Non-Accidental Head Injury cases involving children – Crown Prosecution Service

“Updated guidance for prosecutors on dealing with Non-Accidental Head Injury (NAHI) cases involving children, formerly known as ‘Shaken Baby Syndrome’ cases, has been published today by the Crown Prosecution Service.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 6th January 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

DPP announces measures to strengthen rape prosecutions – Crown Prosecution Service

” ‘Rape victims deserve justice and I am determined that we will deliver it,’ Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, said today. Mr Starmer was announcing a series of changes within the CPS intended to instil greater quality and consistency into the processes by which crimes of rape are prosecuted.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 16th December 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Bar Council to Consult on New CPS Advocates’ Panel – The Bar Council

“The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, is today launching a consultation on outline proposals for revising the Crown Prosecution Service’s (CPS) process for the selection of self-employed advocates. The proposals have been drawn up following lengthy discussions between the Bar Council and CPS about the new Panel Scheme which the CPS wishes to introduce.”

Full story

The Bar Council, 3rd November 2010

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Watchdog raps costly CPS failures – Law Society’s Gazette

“Failings at the Crown Prosecution Service and police are costing the taxpayer £600,000 a year in abandoned trials and preventing cases from being brought before the courts, a CPS inspection report found this week.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 28th October 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

CPS apologises to woman over assault case collapse – BBC News

“The Crown Prosecution Service has apologised to a woman over failures in the collapse of a case against a man accused of assaulting her. The woman was waiting to go into Ealing Magistrates’ Court in west London, when she learned the prosecutor had suddenly decided to offer no evidence. The CPS has launched an inquiry into the handling of the case.”

Full story

BBC News, 8th October 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

CPS to prosecute online stalkers – The Guardian

“Stalkers, including those who use the internet to target victims, will face tougher action, it was announced today, as prosecutors admitted they have failed to take the problem seriously in the past.”

Full story

The Guardian, 23rd September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

CPS introduces “ground-breaking” legal guidance on stalking – Crown Prosecution Service

“For the first time victims of stalking have had their ordeal recognised in official government guidance. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has today published revised guidance on stalking and harassment. It emphasises the existence and widespread nature of ‘stalking’ as a particular category of harassment and it identifies the various ways in which stalking occurs.”

Full story

Crown Prosecution Service, 23rd September 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

CPS pays compensation over sex assault case – The Independent

“The Crown Prosecution Service has agreed to pay £16,000 compensation to a woman over the handling of a serious sexual assault allegation, it was reported today.”

Full story

The Independent, 20th September 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Former Essex cricketer charged with fraud – Crown Prosecution Service

“The Crown Prosecution Service Central Fraud Group has authorised a charge of conspiracy to defraud against former Essex County cricketer Mervyn Westfield.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 16th September 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Ray Gosling admits wasting police time over TV confession – Crown Prosecution Service

“The guilty plea today by Ray Gosling shows he now accepts that he put Nottinghamshire Police to a lot of unnecessary effort investigating a fake allegation of murder, said Crown Prosecution Service senior lawyer Simon Clements.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 14th September 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Prosecutor backs end to mandatory life sentence for murder – Daily Telegraph

“Keir Starmer, the Director of Public Prosecutions, has joined calls for a system of first and second degree murder charges that would end mandatory life sentences for the crime.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 8th September 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

CPS examines pathologist Freddy Patel’s suspension – The Guardian

“CPS lawyer in Ian Tomlinson case ‘considering General Medical Council’s findings’ that pathologist was guilty of misconduct.”

Full story

The Guardian, 3rd September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

No charges following death of Caroline Loder – Crown Prosecution Service

“The Crown Prosecution Service has decided that charges will not be brought against Dr Elisabeth Wilson and two individuals following the death of Caroline Loder at her home in Surrey on 8 June 2009.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 16th August 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

No prosecutions in Caroline Loder MS death probe – BBC news

“Three people arrested over the suicide of a multiple sclerosis sufferer will not face prosecution, it has emerged.”

Full story

BBC News, 16th August 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Judge slams police after teacher is acquitted of kissing a friend – Daily Telegraph

“A judge has criticised the police after a part-time teacher was put on trial for giving a female friend an unwanted kiss, telling officers they should be concentrating on catching robbers and violent thugs.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 13th August 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Four police officers to face charge of causing actual bodily harm to Babar Ahmad – Crown Prosecution Service

“The Crown Prosecution Service has decided that four officers of the Metropolitan Police Service’s Territorial Support Group should be charged with causing actual bodily harm to Babar Ahmad during his arrest on 2 December 2003.”

Full story

Crown Prosecution Service, 12th August 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

CPS launches consultation on human trafficking public policy – Crown Prosecution Service

“The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) today began a public consultation on its Public Policy Statement on Human Trafficking.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 29th July 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Ian Tomlinson death: attorney general backs CPS inaction – The Guardian

“The attorney general, Dominic Grieve, today supported the Crown Prosecution Service’s decision against charging the police officer caught on video during last year’s G20 protests striking Ian Tomlinson, who later died.”

Full story

The Guardian, 26th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

No charges over death of Ian Tomlinson – Crown Prosecution Service

“Keir Starmer QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, announced today that no charges will be brought in relation to the death of Ian Tomlinson at the ‘G20 protests’ in London on 1 April 2009.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 22nd July 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Ian Tomlinson death: lawyers challenge CPS over decision not to prosecute – The Guardian

“The Crown Prosecution Service’s decision that no charges will be brought in relation to the death of Ian Tomlinson has been challenged by lawyers, who argue it shows a disparity in how the criminal justice system treats police officers and members of the public.”

Full story

The Guardian, 22nd July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ian Tomlinson death: police officer will not face criminal charges – The Guardian

“The police officer who was caught on video striking a man during the G20 protests last year who later died will not face criminal charges, the Crown Prosecution Service announced today.”

Full story

The Guardian, 22nd July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

CPS case preparation ‘neglected’, chief inspector’s report finds – Law Society’s Gazette

“‘Initiative overload’ has caused case preparation at the Crown Prosecution Service to be ‘neglected to an unacceptable degree’, according to the annual report from the organisation’s chief inspector.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 21st July 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Ian Tomlinson death: verdict tomorrow on whether police will be charged – The Guardian

“The Crown Prosecution Service will tomorrow make its long awaited announcement about whether a police officer will face criminal charges over the death of Ian Tomlinson.”

Full story

The Guardian, 21st July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

‘Locked-in’ stroke victim asks for ruling on mercy killing – The Independent

“In a High Court test case, to be heard later this year, his family will challenge Keir Starmer QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), over his policy on ‘mercy killings’.”

Full story

The Independent, 20th July 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

CPS damages claim saga rumbles on – Law Society’s Gazette

“A judge has with a ‘heavy heart’ allowed the Crown Prosecution Service to continue defending an employment tribunal claim that has already been in court four times and cost the taxpayer more than £1m, including a record £600,000 in damages for racial discrimination.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 15th July 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

CPS lawyer admits serious offences in breach of trust – Crown Prosecution Service

“The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, said that Crown Prosecution Service lawyer Sarfraz Ibrahim had disgraced the service through a serious breach of trust after he admitted charges of corruption, misconduct and attempting to pervert the course of justice.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 14th July 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Budget cut of 25% will ‘deny justice’, warns Crown Prosecution Service – The Guardian

“The Crown Prosecution Service has told the attorney general’s office its 25% budget cut will ‘damage frontline services’ and ‘delay and possibly deny justice’, according to a copy of its draft submission to the Treasury, which the Guardian has seen.”

Full story

The Guardian, 14th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Three men linked to liquid bomb plot guilty of conspiracy to murder – Crown Prosecution Service

“Today’s convictions of Ibrahim Savant, Arafat Waheed Khan and Waheed Zaman are the culmination of years of determined work by the CPS and police, and brings to 12 the number of those successfully prosecuted following the arrests in relation to the liquid bomb plot, said Sue Hemming, head of the Crown Prosecution Service Counter Terrorism Division.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 8th July 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Test of endurance for CPS employee in race case – The Guardian

“Halima Aziz is approaching her tenth stressful year of litigation against her former employer, the Crown Prosecution Service. As an ex-CPS prosecutor in Yorkshire, her case for racial discrimination has so far been through four major court hearings, cost the state more than £1m, including a record £600,000 damages, and looks like becoming the longest-running discrimination case in history.”

Full story

The Guardian, 6th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Prosecutor admits halting case for £20,000 bribe – The Independent

“A corrupt senior Crown prosecutor has admitted pocketing £20,000 to use his position to discontinue a criminal case, it can be reported today.”

Full story

The Independent, 29th June 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

No charges following death of Raymond Cutkelvin – Crown Prosecution Service

“Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, has today said that while there is sufficient evidence to prosecute Alan Cutkelvin Rees and Dr Michael Irwin in relation to the death of Raymond Cutkelvin at a Dignitas clinic in Switzerland in February 2007, such a prosecution would not be in the public interest and no further action should be taken against them.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 25th June 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

No prosecution for right-to-die doctor – BBC News

“A former GP and right-to-die campaigner who took a man to a euthanasia clinic in Switzerland will not be prosecuted.”

Full story

BBC News, 25th June 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

CPS publishes guidance on prosecuting Medicines Act offences where a dispensing error has occurred – Crown Prosecution Service

“The Crown Prosecution Service has today published Legal Guidance to Crown Prosecutors on the prosecution of offences in the Medicines Act 1968, including where there has been a dispensing error by a pharmacist. This Legal Guidance has been agreed in consultation with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the Department of Health (DH).”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 21st June 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk


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