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UK Metropolitan Police Chief accuses Crown Prosecution Service of failing victims and ‘cherry-picking’ cases

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Metropolitan Police Service Chief Sir Mark Rowley on Thursday accused the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) of failing victims by ‘cherry-picking simple instances’ to fast-track via courts. The CPS reacted by saying the feedback “danger damaging public confidence.” Within the London Evening Standard newspaper, Sir Rowley mentioned {that a} “large effort was wanted to reform the justice system to let juries and magistrates determine” on suspects’ guilt “fairly than attorneys prematurely.”

He continued to say that :

Once you have a look at the truth that the instances the CPS prosecute, 80 per cent of them are profitable, responsible pleas or convictions, that means that we’re not taking over the more durable instances, cherry-picking the straightforward instances fairly than making an attempt to get as many instances [to court]… To achieve success for victims of all sorts of crime we want a system that’s ready to take tougher instances via and let juries and magistrates determine fairly than attorneys prematurely.

Max Hill, Director of Public Prosecutions, said: “I’m stunned and dissatisfied by the incorrect feedback made by the Metropolitan Police Commissioner,” stating that the CPS “doesn’t cherry-pick’ instances” and is “a demand-led organisation that may solely prosecute instances which might be referred to [them] by the police themselves.”

This has prompted a variety of views from throughout the authorized sector with some equivalent to ex-Sufferer’s Commissioner Olivia Baird agreeing with the Met Commissioner, while others have disagreed saying it’s “totally ludicrous to have the UK’s largest police drive and the CPS overtly briefing towards each other.”

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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