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Letter to Max Hill QC, Director of Public Prosecutions on Covid-19 and prosecutions

16 June 2020

“There are many public interest reasons at this time to apply anxious scrutiny to the appropriateness of pending prosecutions in line with your guidance rather than piling resources into dealing with the “expanding pipeline” and working through them as quickly as possible. Diversion may, in many cases, be the best way to protect the public. This would accord with the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s proposals for reducing the number of pending prosecutions, as reported in The Times.”

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