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May's coronavirus review findings


The findings of the CPS review for completed prosecutions in May under the Coronavirus Act and Health Protection Regulations - and a running total for all cases since March 2020 - are detailed in the table below.

Number of cases finalised (May 2021 and since March 2020)No. of cases incorrectly charged (May 2021)Total no. of cases incorrectly charged (since March 2020)

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations:  122 cases

Overall total: 1836 cases

Returned to CPS  area6Returned to CPS area67
Not guilty2Not guilty5

Coronavirus Act: 9 cases


Overall total: 286 cases

Returned to CPS area3Returned to CPS area48



Of the 131 cases reviewed in May, all but six were charged by police.

Gregor McGill, CPS Director of Legal Services, said: “We remain committed to reviewing all of these cases for as long as necessary to ensure the right people are charged with the right offences.” 

Notes to editors

  • The CPS is manually reviewing all finalised prosecutions - i.e. where the case has been sentenced or proceedings stopped - for all cases under the Coronavirus Act and every case where a defendant has pleaded not guilty under the Regulations.
  • CPS management information is derived from the CPS case management system, and as with any large-scale recording system, data are subject to possible errors in entry and processing. The figures are provisional and subject to change as more information is recorded and quality assured by the CPS. This means that cumulative figures may not always match the sum of historic monthly published figures.
  • Our data cover the number of offences rather than individual defendants. Official criminal justice outcome statistics are kept by the Ministry of Justice.

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