Academics from The City Law School appear as witnesses before Parliament
They appeared on a panel, which also included former City law academic, Professor Claire de Than, to discuss safeguards for private prosecutions.
The Justice Committee’s inquiry into the fairness of private prosecutions follows a request from the Criminal Cases Review Commission to the Committee. The Commission asked it to review the circumstances and safeguards of private prosecutions where the prosecuting and investigating organisation is also the alleged victim in the case, as in the example of the recent prosecutions of Post Office workers by the Post Office.
The Commission has referred for appeal 47 cases of Post Office workers who were convicted of theft and/or false accounting. The Commission said it had referred the cases for appeal because there was a real possibility that the appeal courts would quash the convictions.
In its request to the Justice Committee to review the legal issues surrounding the matter, the Commission said there were reasons for significant concern as to whether the Post Office had at all times acted as a thorough and objective investigator and prosecutor in the cases.
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