From research for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, about victims with learning disabilities, I criticised CPS practice, particularly concerning non-prosecution of so-called "minor" offences. Significant improvements have since been made. But the CPS can still, in effect, act as judge and jury and block cases because of a "low likelihood of conviction".
This often stems from a false belief that people with mental disabilities are poor witnesses. The new CPS proposals could overcome this final hurdle, and should be welcomed.
Dr CHRIS WILLLIAMS
Institute of Education
University of London
London W1Reuse content