Prosecutions: Public Interest

Attorney General written question – answered on 23rd February 2015.

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Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Labour, Exeter

To ask the Attorney General, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the criteria used to determine whether or not a prosecution is in the public interest.

Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Attorney-General

Decisions on whether prosecutions are in the public interest are guided by the Code for Crown Prosecutors and CPS Legal Guidance. The Code is produced by the Director of Public Prosecutions after significant public consultation. The CPS Legal Guidance is available for the public to see on the CPS website at . There have been seven versions of the Code since 1986 and it was last updated in January 2013.

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