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registered interest false more like this
date less than 2018-11-20more like thismore than 2018-11-20
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Attorney General more like this
answering dept id 88 more like this
answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
hansard heading Dementia: Prosecutions remove filter
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons remove filter
question text To ask the Attorney General, what guidance he has published on laying criminal charges against people with dementia. more like this
tabling member constituency Hendon more like this
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Dr Matthew Offord more like this
uin 193451 more like this
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is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2018-11-28more like thismore than 2018-11-28
answer text <p>All decisions to prosecute made by the Crown Prosecution Service must meet the Full Code Test set out in the Code for Crown Prosecutors. The Code makes it clear that there is a balance to be struck between the public interest in diverting a defendant with significant mental illness such as dementia from the criminal justice system and other public interest factors in favour of prosecution, including the need to safeguard the public.</p><p>The eighth edition of the Code for Crown Prosecutors was published in October 2018. Prosecutors are asked to “have regard to whether the suspect is, or was at the time of the offence, affected by any significant mental or physical ill health or disability, as in some circumstances this may mean that it is less likely that a prosecution is required. However, prosecutors will also need to consider how serious the offence was, whether the suspect is likely to re-offend and the need to safeguard the public or those providing care to such persons.”</p><p>The existing CPS legal guidance on prosecuting ‘Mentally Disordered Offenders’ is currently being revised to include specific guidance on prosecuting cases where the suspect suffers from a condition such as dementia. This will be published for public consultation in 2019.</p>
answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
answering member printed Robert Buckland more like this
question first answered
less than 2018-11-28T09:36:50.033Zmore like thismore than 2018-11-28T09:36:50.033Z
answering member
4106
label Biography information for Robert Buckland more like this
tabling member
4006
label Biography information for Dr Matthew Offord more like this