It has been estimated that approximately 7% of the 900,000 Crown Court cases are subject to errors. This includes the possibility of cases being dropped inappropriately, it also means that some cases will be being unjustifiably brought to trial.
Swain & Co recently handled a case where the CPS acted wholly inappropriately and unlawfully in dropping the case, largely as a result of lack of communication and common sense. The result was that the case was never heard and the Head of the CPS was forced to apologise and redress was obtained. Judicial review proceedings were brought successfully.
Specialist Criminal Defence lawyer, Umar Khan of Swain & Co. solicitors says, “7%, I consider to be an unacceptable number when innocent people’s lives could be affected owing to the blunders by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). It amounts to a potentially massive 63,000 cases. The CPS is supposed to instil trust in the public’s mind when proceedings are brought or being considered.”
We welcome any changes and support calls for the CPS to improve, but in the meantime people will still be brought to trial in inappropriate circumstances or cases will be dropped when they should be going ahead.
Swain & Co. has a specialist team of lawyers who handle criminal defence from the moment of police detainment through to trial in the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts, as well as dealing with appeals if needed.
Source: The Times Newspaper 30.03.12