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Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders is facing calls to resign after she was forced into a U-turn over her decision not to charge Lord Janner for alleged child sex crimes. An independent review overturned Ms Saunders' (pictured) original ruling that the former Labour peer should face no action over…
A record number of people in England and Wales are being convicted of violent crimes against women, figures show. There have been increases in the number of successful prosecutions for sexual offences, child sex abuse and domestic violence cases, and honour-based violence, while more people were charged with rape than…
The criminal justice system has failed to act on recommendations to improve the way disability hate crime is dealt with, inspectors have warned. A report published in March 2013 found that victims of the offence were being let down and more people should be encouraged to report incidents. It urged…
The Crown Prosecution Service has said it will review its decision not to charge the Labour peer Lord Janner over allegations of historic child sex abuse. Lord Janner was accused of a string of historic child sex abuse allegations during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s but deemed unfit to stand…
The decision not to charge Lord Janner over alleged child sexual abuse could lead the public to see any investigation into the establishment as a "whitewash", a group of senior politicians has warned. The former Labour peer, 86, was deemed by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to be too unwell…
Revelations that opportunities were missed to prosecute a former Labour peer for alleged sex attacks on children have been described as "very depressing" by a senior prosecutor. Lord Janner, now 86, was investigated by three different police inquiries between 1991 and 2007, and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) admitted it…
A veteran Labour peer will not stand trial for historic sex abuse allegations because of the "severity" of his dementia. But the move has sparked anger and Leicestershire Police are threatening legal action against the Crown Prosecution Service to challenge the decision not to charge Lord Greville Janner. More than…
A veteran Labour peer will not stand trial for historic sex abuse allegations because of the "severity" of his dementia. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said the allegations against Lord Greville Janner QC, 86, are "extremely serious" and the evidence against him would have warranted a criminal trial. But his…
A predicted 30% surge in rape trials has prompted police and prosecutors to overhaul guidelines on handling cases. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and police chiefs have launched a joint protocol setting out how to deal with all rape cases from the initial complaint to after the verdict in a…
Elderly victims of domestic violence may experience more frequent or increased intensity of abuse, according to overhauled guidance for criminal prosecutors. New draft guidance from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), which has opened for public consultation but has not yet come into force, explains the potential impact of domestic abuse…