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New DPP guidance on concurrent jurisdiction published


CPS statement on the new DPP guidance on concurrent jurisdiction

The CPS has today published the final guidelines for Crown Prosecutors handling cases where more than one country or jurisdiction is investigating criminal conduct. The guidelines, which were open to public consultation and take immediate effect, formally set out the factors that are considered when deciding where criminal proceedings should be brought.

Criminal proceedings should ordinarily take place in the jurisdiction where most of the criminality or where most of the harm or loss occurred, but other considerations will also be relevant, such as where the witnesses, victims and defendants are located.