I would like to help today and donate

Next
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Next
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
CLOSE
NEWS

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

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.  

We publish information as it is reported to us. If you would like to make us aware of an inaccuracy or send us more information please email us at [email protected] 

If you are a journalist interested in this story, please call the media team on +44 (0) 7749 785 932 or email [email protected]

Keep up to date

Receive updates on our work and news about Fair Trials globally

Some activities in the following sections on this website are funded by the European Union’s Justice Programme (2014-2020): Legal Experts Advisory Panel, Defence Rights Map, Case Law Database, Advice Guides, Resources, Campaigns, Publications, News and Events. This content represents the views of the authors only and is their sole responsibility. It cannot be considered to reflect the views of the European Commission or any other body of the European Union. The European Commission does not accept any responsibility for use that may be made of the information it contains.