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


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.”


Charon QC, 21st April 2011


“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


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


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


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


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


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