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Written Answers — Attorney General: Offences against Children: Sentencing (22 Sep 2017)

Robert Buckland: The Sentencing Council has issued a definitive guideline on the sentencing of sexual offences. Racial aggravation increases an offender’s culpability under the guideline and therefore the starting point and sentence range for the court to consider. Prosecutors should assist the Court as necessary during the sentencing process, including drawing the Court’s attention to any...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Attorney General: Behavioural Insights Team (19 Sep 2017)

Robert Buckland: The CPS has met the Behavioural Insights Team as part of a project to encourage higher rates of defendant engagement with the CJS but have made no payment to the team. Otherwise, the Law Officers’ Departments have not received services from the Behavioural Insights Team.

Written Answers — Attorney General: Attorney General: Behavioural Insights Team (19 Sep 2017)

Robert Buckland: The CPS has met the Behavioural Insights Team as part of a project to encourage higher rates of defendant engagement with the CJS but have made no payment to the team. Otherwise, the Law Officers’ Departments have not received services from the Behavioural Insights Team.

Written Answers — Attorney General: Hate Crime: Social Networking (14 Sep 2017)

Robert Buckland: The CPS prosecutes cases where they meet the test for prosecution. It allocates its resources accordingly and will continue to do so. I welcome the CPS’s commitment to treat hate crimes using social media as seriously as other sorts of hate crime.

Attorney General: Hate Crime (14 Sep 2017)

Robert Buckland: Last month the CPS took new steps to fulfil one of its commitments in the cross-Government hate crime action plan by publishing revised public statements and legal guidance on all strands of hate crime.

Attorney General: Hate Crime (14 Sep 2017)

Robert Buckland: On my visit to the north-east CPS, I met representatives of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to discuss the ways in which the regional CPS is engaging with that community. I am glad to say that, on a wider basis, the CPS is developing a training package on these issues with input from the relevant leading organisations in the field.

Attorney General: Hate Crime (14 Sep 2017)

Robert Buckland: Last month the CPS published revised guidance committing it to treat online hate crime as seriously as offline offences, taking into account the impact on the wider community when deciding the question of prosecution in the public interest.

Attorney General: Leaving EU: UK Legal Systems (14 Sep 2017)

Robert Buckland: The Ministry of Justice has had recent contact at ministerial and official level with counterparts in the devolved Administrations; they discussed how we work together on matters relating to Brexit that will affect the different legal systems in the devolved Administrations of Scotland and Northern Ireland. The Government have also engaged with Welsh counterparts to update them on matters...

Attorney General: Leaving EU: UK Legal Systems (14 Sep 2017)

Robert Buckland: Yes, I do, which is why the Government are taking an approach that will ensure the required continuity and certainty, so that, where necessary, a UK-wide approach will be taken and, where appropriate, there will be devolution to the devolved Assemblies and Parliaments.

Attorney General: Leaving EU: UK Legal Systems (14 Sep 2017)

Robert Buckland: I am happy to give that assurance and that is reflected in the bilateral work of government, where there is continuing dialogue at official and ministerial level. This is all about mutual respect and getting the best outcome, not only for Britain, but for all its constituent parts.

Attorney General: Hate Crime (14 Sep 2017)

Robert Buckland: The CPS prosecutes cases where they meet the test for prosecution. It allocates its resources accordingly, and will continue to do so, and I welcome its commitment to treat hate crimes on social media as seriously as other sorts of hate crime.

Attorney General: Hate Crime (14 Sep 2017)

Robert Buckland: The hon. Lady is right to look in detail at regional variations. Overall, progress is still encouraging: the conviction rate for all strands of hate crime increased slightly again last year, and the number of hate-crime prosecutions has now reached record levels—it is in excess of 15,000. The answer to her question lies in the sharing of best practice among different regions. Earlier, I...

Attorney General: Hate Crime (14 Sep 2017)

Robert Buckland: I am grateful to the right hon. Lady for raising the appalling crime of anti-Semitism. It is on the rise and it is not acceptable. We all need to speak out together in order to stamp it out. I am glad to say that the CPS is now encouraging prosecutors to look into the wider community impact, particularly of online hate crime, when they assess whether or not to prosecute. The right hon....

Attorney General: Leaving the EU: Hate Crime (14 Sep 2017)

Robert Buckland: The Crown Prosecution Service does not disaggregate its data by victims’ nationalities, but it has a strong record in tackling racially and religiously aggravated hate crime. In 2015-16, there were just over 13,000 prosecutions for this type of hate crime. That was 84% of total hate-crime prosecutions, showing a 1.9% increase on the previous year.

Attorney General: Leaving the EU: Hate Crime (14 Sep 2017)

Robert Buckland: The hon. Lady is right to say that all parts of our community deserve protection from the law. Only a few weeks ago, I was glad to take part in a hate-crime awareness campaign, which was launched alongside the CPS’s publication of new, revised guidelines, which particularly emphasise the scourge of online hate crime. I assure her residents and, indeed, those in my constituency that when...

Attorney General: Leaving the EU: Hate Crime (14 Sep 2017)

Robert Buckland: I do not see an erosion in human rights. The Government are absolutely committed to our membership of the European convention. The charter of fundamental rights does not add anything substantive to UK human rights law, and the underlying principles of EU law will, of course, be brought into our domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill. The hon. Gentleman can reassure his...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Law: Education (11 Sep 2017)

Robert Buckland: In July, I launched a Public Legal Education panel to support and drive forward legal education initiatives. Bringing together key organisations will mean a more joined up approach to Public Legal Education and will ensure that more people can reap the benefits of the good work being done.

Written Answers — Attorney General: Legal Profession: Training (7 Sep 2017)

Robert Buckland: Specially trained rape and serious sexual offences (RASSO) prosecutors are committed to robustly opposing applications pursuant to Section 41 Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 where it is appropriate to do so and are assisted in this process by online legal guidance and by face-to-face training which is compulsory for all RASSO prosecutors. With a view to ensuring that performance...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Hate Crime: Prosecutions (20 Jul 2017)

Robert Buckland: The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has taken a number of steps to improve its prosecution of all strands of hate crime. The CPS is prosecuting and convicting more defendants of hate crime than ever before. In 2015/16, the CPS completed 15,442 hate crime prosecutions, an increase of 704 on the previous year. The conviction rate also improved to 83.2% in 2015/16 an increase from 82.9% the...

Written Answers — Attorney General: Homicide (12 Jul 2017)

Robert Buckland: In murder cases involving an acquittal, the National Standards of Support, which were published in January 2017 between the voluntary organisation Justice After Acquittal, the CPS and the police, will be followed. These require the CPS and police to each conduct a case review, considering the evidence in the case, how the evidence was presented during the trial and whether anything could have...


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