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Short Update: Unlawful prosecutions under COVID-19 laws have increased in England and Wales

FT Admin - June 15, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, New criminal offences

A CPS review of completed prosecutions under coronavirus laws has found that the significant numbers of unlawful prosecutions are still continuing under coronavirus laws, with 15% of prosecutions being unlawful. 

The review found that all Coronavirus Act prosecutions were again unlawful (9 out of 9, as opposed to 44 out of 44 previously), while 10% of the Health Protection Regulations prosecutions were unlawful in May, up from 6% in April. 

With 10% of prosecutions under the regulations unlawful, this poses serious questions in relation to the 18,000 fines which have been given out under the regulations. 

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