CPS releases October 2020 review findings for coronavirus (COVID-19)

CPS releases October 2020 review findings for coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has published its October 2020 coronavirus (COVID-19) review findings, which set out completed prosecutions under the Coronavirus Act and Health Protection Regulations 2020, SI 2020/129. In October 2020, 91 cases were brought under SI 2020/129 and 31 cases were brought under the Coronavirus Act 2020 (CA 2020). In regard to SI 2020/129, nine cases were withdrawn and one returned to court. In regards to CA 2020, 27 cases were withdrawn and four returned to court. In addition, of the cases reviewed, three were charged by the police. The figures released show that in total, 86 per cent of the offences under SI 2020/129 were charged in April and May 2020 and 90 per cent of CA 2020 cases were charged in March or April 2020. 

The CPS Director of Legal Services, Gregor McGill, said 'we remain committed to reviewing all of these cases for as long as necessary to ensure the right people are charged with the right offences'.

Source: October's coronavirus review findings

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