Dropped Cases

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General – in the House of Commons at 2:35 pm on 29th November 1993.

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Photo of Mr Ivan Lawrence Mr Ivan Lawrence , Burton 2:35 pm, 29th November 1993

If the Crown Prosecution Service thinks that it is not appropriate to proceed in one in six cases in which the police think that it is appropriate, is it not time to reconsider the 51 per cent. chance of conviction rule before the CPS brings its charges and also to reconsider the Crown Prosecution Service procedure of trying to accept pleas to lesser offences in the magistrates courts so that many cases do not go to trial before juries? What kind of deterrence is there in a system in which some of the people who are caught have no reason to think that they will be brought to trial?