In June 2020, the House of Commons convened a special parliamentary committee to review the safeguards underpinning private prosecutions in the UK. As an increasingly popular alternative to state-led prosecutions, policymakers are anxious to ensure current safety measures are suitably robust.
However, with private prosecutions under even greater scrutiny, it can be difficult to know what to start. Especially if you are unfamiliar with the inner workings of the criminal justice system.
If you have been the victim of crime, the last thing you want to do is spend hours researching legal process. Enter How Do Private Prosecutions Work? The Definitive Guide.
Drawing from our years of experience and expertise, our investigations team outline everything you need to know about private prosecutions in the UK.
A step-by-step guide
We guide you through every stage of the process – from the initial investigation, all the way through to the verdict. This includes how legal professionals:
- Obtain and organise witness statements
- Gather, examine, and present exhibits
- Fulfil disclosure obligations to the court
- Perform suspect interviews
- Compile detailed case summaries
- Conduct successful trials
You will also learn more about the challenges facing investigators and private law firms and how they overcome them. Equally important, you will discover how they ensure private prosecutions are conducted fairly and transparently.
This will give you the knowledge and confidence you need to begin your case.
Give yourself the best chance of obtaining justice
You should never undertake a private prosecution lightly. Justice must be your primary motive – if not, your case will not make it to court. But, as we explain in our guide, an ethically-sound case gives you the best chance of obtaining justice.