It is important to preserve the independence of barristers so that those who prepare cases in the Crown Prosecution Service may receive independent advice. Suppose that a future prime minister was to appoint as Director of Public Prosecutions someone as determined on a particular course of action as, for example, the current Home Secretary. What would happen when a crown prosecutor, employed by the CPS, thought his instructions from the DPP were wrong? Where would be the independence of action if the prosecutor had simply to act as the mouthpiece for the man he believed wrong in bringing or refusing to bring a particular prosecution before the courts?
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