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Consultation opens on Concurrent Jurisdiction guidelines


The CPS has today published interim guidelines for Crown Prosecutors handling cases where more than one country or jurisdiction is investigating criminal conduct. The guidelines, which 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 may also be relevant such as where the witnesses, victims and defendants are located.

Keir Starmer QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, said: "We are publishing these guidelines to make clearer to the public how we deal with cases of Concurrent Jurisdiction. As such, there will be a three month consultation and I invite anyone with a view on the clarity or content of the guidelines to share it with us."

The publication of these interim guidelines follows the report of the Review of the UK's Extradition Arrangements by the Hon. Sir Scott Baker, which recommended that the principles followed by prosecutors should be summarised in a single document to increase transparency of the process.

The CPS has already consulted with ACPO, HMRC, the Metropolitan Police Service and others while drafting these guidelines. The Director of the Serious Fraud Office and the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland will also be applying the guidelines in cases of Concurrent Jurisdiction.

The full public consultation is open until 31 January 2013. After that time, all responses will be considered before final guidelines are published in the Spring.