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NCJ Number: 118590 Find in a Library
Title: Incorporating the 'Public Interest' in the Decision to Prosecute (From Role of the Prosecutor -- Report of the International Criminal Justice Seminar held at the London School of Economics and Political Science, January 1987, P 30-42, 1988, J E Hall Williams, ed. -- See NCJ-118587)
Author(s): A Sanders
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: Gower Publishing Co
Brookfield, VT 05036
Sale Source: Gower Publishing Co
Old Post Road
Brookfield, VT 05036
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This paper concentrates on the difficulties of involving the public interest and evidential sufficient criteria in the decision to prosecute.
Abstract: The Code for Crown Prosecutors lists a number of criteria for determining when it is in the public interest to prosecute, but these are often in conflict. It is suggested that the institutional structure within which prosecution decisions take place does not allow prosecutors (or the police) to take public interest factors into account systematically and consistently. The author cites the absence of any clearly stated view of the public interest in relation to adults. He suggests that one way of equalizing the treatment of different classes of crime and criminals is for the Crown Prosecution Service to be responsible for all criminal offenses and to apply the same criteria to all.
Main Term(s): Prosecution
Index Term(s): Juvenile offenders; Public interest advocacy; United Kingdom (UK)
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