Partner Hannah Laming discusses code for private prosecutors in The Law Society Gazette
The Private Prosecutors’ Association (PPA) has launched a consultation on its draft Code for Private Prosecutors. Private prosecutors have an obligation to act as ministers of justice; they must act impartially and comply with onerous disclosure obligations. However, private prosecutions give rise to issues and challenges that differ from those in public prosecutions. Whilst various legislation, codes and guidance govern the conduct of a public prosecutor, these are not always mandatory for private prosecutors and/or may not be adequate or effective in the context of a private prosecution. The PPA has therefore drafted a Code for Private Prosecutors which attempts to identify best practice for private prosecutors. Read more.