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NCJ Number: 158048 Find in a Library
Title: Public Prosecution Service for England and Wales (From Police: Powers, Procedures and Proprieties, P 196-210, 1986, John Benyon and Colin Bourn, eds. -- See NCJ-158031)
Author(s): R C A White
Date Published: 1986
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: Pergamon Press Limited
Oxford, OX3 0BW, England
Sale Source: Pergamon Press Limited
Headington Hill Hall
Oxford, OX3 0BW,
United Kingdom
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: In most cases heard before magistrates in England and Wales, police officers have investigated the offense and collected the evidence and therefore expect to see their efforts result in conviction; to ensure fairness and minimize police discretion, the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) collaborates with the police in considering evidence and nonevidential factors in deciding whether to proceed with a case.
Abstract: The Prosecution of Offences Act of 1985 establishes the Crown Prosecution Service which includes the DPP and prosecutors. Under this act, the DPP is responsible for the conduct of criminal proceedings and advises police forces on matters related to criminal offenses. The act contains provisions on the prosecution of criminal cases and indicates that the Crown Prosecution Service shares the decision to prosecute with the police. The act also addresses accountability, the organization of the legal profession, and judicial discretion over the admission of evidence obtained by the police in questionable circumstances. The Crown Prosecution Service clearly builds on traditions, and most decisions not to prosecute are based on insufficient evidence or offense triviality. 55 notes
Main Term(s): Foreign courts
Index Term(s): Court procedures; Court structure; Criminal proceedings; England; Foreign laws; Judicial discretion; Magistrates; Police discretion; Police policies and procedures; Police prosecutor relations; Police reform; Police responsibilities; Prosecution; Prosecution by police; Prosecutorial discretion; Rules of evidence; Trial procedures
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