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Short Update: Prosecutors to prioritise serious cases to manage impact of coronavirus pandemic

FairTrialsAdmin - April 15, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates

Prosecutors are being asked to prioritise more serious cases and consider the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic when weighing up whether criminal charges are in the public interest, in order to help the justice system continue effectively in the face of current challenges. 

Although lawyers must always assess whether a prosecution is in the public interest, new guidance issued on April 14 asks for extra consideration of the impact of the pandemic when deciding the most proportionate response in every case.  

Read the new guidance here.

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