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NCJ Number: 158049 Find in a Library
Title: Prosecuting Solicitor's View (From Police: Powers, Procedures and Proprieties, P 211-223, 1986, John Benyon and Colin Bourn, eds. -- See NCJ-158031)
Author(s): C Woodcock
Date Published: 1986
Page Count: 13
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: The Prosecuting Solicitors' Society of England and Wales has over 800 members engaged full-time in prosecuting criminal offenses on behalf of the police and other public bodies, and the Prosecution of Offences Act of 1985 has had a significant effect on their operations.
Abstract: The act provides for an enlarged Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to operate as a uniform national system throughout England and Wales, even though prosecuting solicitors prefer a locally accountable system. The DPP has divided England and Wales into areas, and each area is the operational unit of the Crown Prosecution Service. In general, the act's primary objective is to provide a system under which there is an independent review by lawyers of every prosecution at an early stage. Deficiencies in the act concern costs incurred by defendants when a case is dismissed and defendant rights. The act contains guidelines for recordkeeping by the DPP and solicitors and provisions on counsel fees and prosecution costs; it also specifies time limits on criminal proceedings. 1 note
Main Term(s): Foreign courts
Index Term(s): Court structure; Criminal proceedings; England; Foreign criminal justice systems; Foreign judicial systems; Local criminal justice systems; Police policies and procedures; Police prosecutor relations; Police reform; Police responsibilities; Prosecution; Prosecution by police; Prosecutors; Wales; World criminology
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