Training & Knowledge: Private Prosecution

14th Oct 2020Articles

2 Hare Court Private Prosecution Newsflash

Justice Select Committee Report Published – Safeguards in Private Prosecutions Gavin Irwin explores the report’s key recommendations On 7 July 2020, Alison Levitt QC gave evidence before the Justice Select Committee, on behalf of the Private Prosecutors’ Association, on safeguards in private prosecutions[1].  Separately, the 2 Hare Court Private Prosecutions’ Group made written representations to […]

8th Oct 2019Newsletters

No Go v Bojo

Divisional Court’s Reasoning for Quashing Issue of Summons Against Boris Johnson On 3 July 2019 the Divisional Court (Rafferty LJ and Supperstone J) handed down its reasons for the decision to overturn the issuing of a summons against Mr Boris Johnson in one of the most high profile decisions in a private prosecution to date. […]

8th Oct 2019Newsletters

Re Somaia and the Recovery of Costs in Enforcement Proceedings in the High Court

Introduction It is clear that private prosecutors may pursue confiscation proceedings in the Crown Court: see David Whittaker QC’s article.  Furthermore, if successful, they can expect to recover from central funds costs incurred in such proceedings and in appeals against confiscation orders (although reference should be made to R (Virgin Media Ltd) v. Zinga[1]  for […]

8th Oct 2019Newsletters

Increasing Regulation of Private Prosecutions

We are currently living in an era where private prosecutions are fast becoming commonplace. The past few years have seen a significant rise in the number of prosecutions brought privately, particularly in cases involving fraud. Whether this is the result of police indifference to financial crime or whether the private prosecutor simply has more energy […]

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, […]

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