Prosecutions: Hunting Act

Solicitor-General written question – answered at on 21 July 2008.

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Photo of John MacDougall John MacDougall Labour, Glenrothes

To ask the Solicitor-General what training on the provisions of the Hunting Act 2004 staff of the Crown Prosecution Service receives.

Photo of Vera Baird Vera Baird Solicitor General, Law Officers' Department

Prosecutors in the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) do not receive specific training on the Hunting Act 2004. However, the CPS has provided guidance for prosecutors on the Hunting Act 2004. The guidance provides advice on: the offences created under the legislation; the statutory defences available; police powers; and the evidential and public interest issues that arise. The guidance is kept under close review, and it is updated to take account of developments in case law and any other relevant changes.

In addition, all prosecution decisions are subject to the evidential and public interest tests, set out in the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

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