Oral Answers to Questions — Crown Prosecution Service (Human Rights Act)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 5 April 2001.

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Photo of Professor Ross Cranston Professor Ross Cranston Solicitor General, Law Officers' Department 12:00, 5 April 2001

I do not accept the premise that a breach of the Human Rights Act is involved. Clear rules are set out in various Court of Appeal decisions and guidance that the Attorney-General issued late last year on plea bargaining. Plea bargaining behind doors cannot occur, but in some cases defendants who want to plead guilty will give an indication to that effect. Provided that the matter is dealt with transparently and openly, those pleas will be accepted.