29 April 2015
Slater and Gordon asks Director of Public Prosecutions to Review Lord Janner decision
A number of our clients have instructed us to seek a review of the Director of Public Prosecutions' decision not to charge Lord Janner.
Last week the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to prosecute Lord Janner on health grounds, saying that he was too unwell to stand trial because of his dementia. This decision was made in spite of the Director of Public Prosecutions admitting that there was enough evidence to prosecute for 22 sex offences against nine people.
We have spoken publically about the decision not to prosecute Lord Janner and have previously given our thoughts in an earlier blog: CPS Decision on Lord Janner does little for Public Faith in UK Justice.
The decision not to charge Lord Janner has also garnered criticism from the House of Commons and House of Lords. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said he has "sympathy" with calls for a review of the decision and former Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer has said that the DPP was wrong and has suggested that a special hearing called a ‘trial of facts’ could test the allegations in Lord Janner's absence.
We have now formally requested a review of the decision on our clients’ behalf and hope that the Director of Public Prosecutions gives their request the careful attention it deserves.
All they have ever wanted is for the opportunity to give their evidence and to be heard.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers are currently representing a number of alleged victims of Lord Janner and are representing over 800 victims of sexual abuse in other high profile cases.
Our specialist team of Abuse Lawyers offer free, confidential legal advice for anyone who has suffered abuse. Call us on freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online and we will call you. We understand the problems that survivors of abuse have in speaking out and all communication with us will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence.
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