Criminal prosecutions by novel means

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Jonathan May-Bowles

Dear Crown Prosecution Service,

As I am aware your time is valuable and widely demanded I will be brief without, I hope, being brusque:

1.)Under what circumstances, if any, can a private individual (or individuals) bring a criminal case? I know one can bring civil cases, even for criminal acts, but I wish to know specifically if, when a some individuals have accrued a weight of evidence, but (please humour me here, at least for the sake of the FOI Act 2000), feels they cannot safely present it to the police, they could present it to the CPS directly?

I recall a previous FOI which you responded to with refreshing directness and honesty, I want to to thank you for that and look forward to your response.

My sincerest thanks,

Jonathan May-Bowles

Freedom of Information Unit, Crown Prosecution Service

Dear Mr May-Bowles

Freedom of Information Act 2000 Request - Ref:-5918

Thank you for your Freedom of Information (FOI) request which we received on 14 February 2016.

The FOI Act is a public disclosure regime, not a private regime. This means that any information disclosed under the FOI Act by definition becomes available to the wider public.

There is a 20 working day limit in which we are required to respond to requests.

The deadline for your request is 14 March 2016.

Yours sincerely

Information Management Unit
020 3357 0899
[CPS request email]

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Jonathan May-Bowles left an annotation ()

To clarify:

I am interested in what means exist, in this digital age, for an individual, charity, or other group to present a criminal case to the Crown Prosecution Service, or if this privilege is the purview of police forces alone.

It most likely seems an unusual question, and I would agree. To most, justice and the police are inseparable - indeed your invaluable work at the CPS often goes unnoticed. However, in these days of police mistrust, universal cameras and civil engagement I wondered if the Crown Prosecution Service might act to uphold the law even if the evidence had not yet been filtered and weighed by the constabulary.

Many thanks,

Jonathan May-Bowles

Freedom of Information Unit, Crown Prosecution Service

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Dear Mr May-Bowles.

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 Request

 

Please see the attached response to your Freedom of Information request.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Ms F Sayed

Crown Prosecution Service

Rose Court, 2 Southwark Bridge, London SE1 9HS

Tel: 0203 357 0899

[1]www.cps.gov.uk

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