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Private prosecutions: safeguards

Inquiry

This inquiry examined the safeguards that exist for private prosecutions brought by organisations who act as the investigator, prosecutor but are also the victim of the alleged offence.

It looked at:

  • Whether existing safeguards are enough to limit the potential for private prosecutions by large organisations to cause miscarriages of justice
  • The merits of additional safeguards that could be used.

Read the call for evidence to find out more about the inquiry.

Reports, special reports and government responses

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9th Report: Private prosecutions: safeguards
Inquiry Private prosecutions: safeguards
Committees Justice Committee
HC 497
Report
Response to this report
10th Special Report - Private prosecutions: safeguards: Goverment Response to the Committee’s Ninth Report
HC 1238
Special Report
10th Special Report - Private prosecutions: safeguards: Goverment Response to the Committee’s Ninth Report
Inquiry Private prosecutions: safeguards
Committees Justice Committee
HC 1238
Special Report

Oral evidence transcripts

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25 May 2021
Inquiry Private prosecutions: safeguards
Witnesses Helen Pitcher (Chair at Criminal Cases Review Commission), Karen Kneller (Chief Executive at Criminal Cases Review Commission), Miles Trent (Case Review Manager at Criminal Cases Review Commission), Paul Jarvis (Committee Member at Criminal Law Reform Now Network), Andrew Marshall (Partner at Edmonds Marshall McMahon), and Stephen Wooler CB (Committee Member at Criminal Law Reform Now Network)
Committees Justice Committee
Oral Evidence
7 July 2020
Inquiry Private prosecutions: safeguards
Witnesses Mr Ron Warmington (Managing Director at Second Sight Support Services Ltd), Ian Henderson (Director at Second Sight Support Services Ltd), Alison Levitt QC (Barrister, 2 Hare Court at Private Prosecutors' Association), Mr Gareth Minty, Sandip Patel QC (Managing Partner at Aliant Law), Dr Jesse Elvin (Senior Lecturer, City Law School at City University of London), Professor Peter Hungerford-Welch (City Law School at City University of London), Dr Jonathan Rogers (University Lecturer in Criminal Justice, Faculty of Law at University of Cambridge, and Director at Criminal Law Reform Now Network), and Professor Claire de Than, University of London and Jersey Law Commission (University of London and Jersey Law Commission)
Committees Justice Committee
Oral Evidence
PPS0062 - Private prosecutions: safeguards
Witnesses Stephen Wooler CB
Committees Justice Committee
Written Evidence
PPS0047 - Private prosecutions: safeguards
Witnesses The Self Help Group for Farmers, Pet Owners and Others experiencing difficulties with the RSPCA (The SHG)
Committees Justice Committee
Written Evidence
PPS0045 - Private prosecutions: safeguards
Witnesses APPEAL
Committees Justice Committee
Written Evidence

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