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Short Update: Rights groups urge police to review 14,000 coronavirus fines

FairTrialsAdmin - May 21, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Extended police powers, New criminal offences, Rule of Law

Fair Trials, alongside other rights groups and lawyers, are urging police to review more than 14,000 fines handed out for alleged breaches of COVID-19 lockdown regulations. 

A Crown Prosecution Service Review of all convictions under coronavirus laws and regulations found all convictions so far under the Coronavirus Act were unlawful, while over 6% of convictions under coronavirus regulations were also unlawful. 

It’s thought likely that a significant number of the 14,000 fines have also been handed out unlawfully, undermining the rule of law, as well as adding to people’s financial and psychological hardship during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The signatories to the letter were Fair Trials, Big Brother Watch, INQUEST, Liberty, Netpol, Police Action Lawyers Group, Stopwatch, Kirsty Brimelow QC and Jules Carey, head of actions against the police and state at Bindmans.  

The full letter is available here.  

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