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November's coronavirus review findings


The findings of the CPS review for completed prosecutions in November under the Coronavirus Act and Health Protection Regulations are detailed in the table below.

Number of cases finalised (November)Number incorrectly charged
Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations: 95 casesWithdrawn22
Returned to Court5
No remedial action required*1
Coronavirus Act: 20 casesWithdrawn17

Returned to Court


Administratively finalised


*this case was charged using an older version of the Regulations but was in essence the same offence so no action was required to correct it

Of the cases reviewed, all but three were charged by the police. Nearly half were charged in April and the rest between May and November. Most Act cases were charged alongside substantive offences.

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.”

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