Training & Knowledge: Christopher Coltart QC

15th Dec 2021Articles

“He’s checking his list; he’s checking it twice.…”

A festive reminder to dot your i’s and cross your t’s when starting a private prosecution. Just in time for Christmas, and so you can prosecute Santa/Jeff Bezos for a disappointing haul, the Justices’ Clerks’ Society (JCS) has issued new guidance on the perils and pitfalls of starting a private prosecution.  For many, this will […]

20th Sep 2021Articles

Summonses & Settlements: A Road Map Through the Thicket

Guidance from the High Court on the duty of candour in applying for a criminal summons; abuse of process, and whether a party can contract out of its right to bring a private prosecution In June of this year, the High Court (Mr Justice Garnham, with whom Lord Justice Popplewell agreed) handed down its judgment […]

8th Oct 2019Newsletters

Investigatory Powers in Private Prosecutions: Hurdles and Opportunities

The tension: Greater profile, no greater powers Private prosecutions are on the up, both in terms of volume and profile. This is in part thanks to high profile private prosecutions, such as the headline-grabbing but ill-fated prosecution of Boris Johnson. It is also the consequence of the cuts that have worn away at the CPS, […]