Tuesday, 9 February 2021

As If It's Possible To Embarrass It...

A review by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) found that 359 of 1,252 charges last year under laws brought in to aid public health measures were later withdrawn or quashed in court.
Every one of the 232 prosecutions brought under the Coronavirus Act was incorrect, with its misuse described as an “embarrassment” to the justice system.

Yes, you read that right - all of them. At least, all of them that they've counted so far... 

The CPS figures only cover finalised cases in England and Wales, and more prosecutions are currently progressing through the courts.

Anyone think maybe they've done better with any of those? 

No. Me neither. So...what's going to happen now that this shocking state of affairs has been revealed?

...the government has said it has no intention of scrapping the law and the head of the CPS said that it would be making no formal recommendations, despite the findings of its review.


Max Hill, the director of public prosecutions, told The Independent: “The act has a purpose. It’s right that we must point out where there’s been a mistake made and we will continue to do that, but any changes are not for us to recommend and not for us to put into effect.

Then...what's the point of you? Of any of you? 


MTG 1 said...

I bitterly regret being part of student actions to bring about an office of public prosecutor. The 'service' we once demanded as part of vital judicial reforms, has proved to be even more corrupt than its plod predecessor.

Nobody at that time, imagined the present outcome.

Anonymous said...

Much akin to bowel incontinence, you no idea when it will arrive but you can be sure what is in a CPS delivery.

Ted Treen said...

"...what's the point of you? Of any of you?.."

Obviously a rhetorical question, since you know full well Julia, the answer is "None".

Anonymous said...

Plainly the purpose of the law is to punish by prosecution. The ability to hassle and harass people at whim is valuable tool of oppression.

JuliaM said...

"The 'service' we once demanded as part of vital judicial reforms, has proved to be even more corrupt than its plod predecessor."

Perhaps the natural evolution of all State organs?