I am absolutely delighted that the decision not to prosecute Lord Janner for sexual abuse has today been overturned.
The Director of Public Prosecutions decided in April this year not to bring charges against Lord Janner. Shortly after that decision was made, we at Slater and Gordon were asked by a number of Lord Janner’s alleged victims to request a review of the DPP’s decision under the Crown Prosecution Service’s Victims’ Right to Review Scheme, an independent process that allows a CPS decision to be reviewed regardless of who in the CPS has made it.
Lessons will eventually need to be learned from the DPP’s original decision not to prosecute Lord Janner, but the most important thing now is that my clients can now have their very serious allegations brought before a court.
Lord Janner will now face criminal proceedings relating to 22 allegations of child sex abuse, and the first hearing has been listed for 7th August at Westminster Magistrates Court.
A Restored Faith in British Justice
All my clients ever wanted was the right to stand up in court, for their evidence to be heard and for the facts of the case to be established.
For so long, they were denied the right to be listened to and for the facts of their case to be made public. They had begun to lose faith in the criminal justice system, but today’s decision has given them more hope of finally establishing the truth.
Today’s decision is a vindication of our efforts to challenge the DPP's original decision not to charge Lord Janner, which was clearly not in the interest of justice.
It may be long overdue, but my clients and I now look to a criminal court to examine the case and make a finding of fact. It is now absolutely vital that nothing is done that could prejudice a fair trial.
Our Lawyers represent a number of Lord Janner’s alleged victims and has appeared in the media today discussing the points raised in this blog, including Sky News, Channel 4 News, BBC Two’s Victoria Derbyshire programme, Radio 4’s Today programme and Radio 5 Live.
Slater and Gordon’s specialist team of Abuse Lawyers are currently representing over 800 survivors of sexual abuse, including a number of Lord Janner’s alleged victims.
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