A number of organisations, including Fraser Chambers, provided evidence for the Justice Select Committee.

The evidence from Faser Chambers was that private prosecutions represent an important constitutional safeguard to protect individuals where the State has failed to prosecute allegations of serious criminality properly.  The Justice Select Committee agreed and stated: “Private prosecutions are often instigated or carried out by the victim of the alleged offence or by a body that has a direct interest in pursuing the case. Legal academics Claire de Than and Jessie Elvin argue that private prosecutors “often have an inbuilt conflict of interest”. That conflict is not necessarily problematic. A number of submissions to the Committee highlight the value of “victim-led” private prosecutions. ..The lack of a prosecution can represent injustice just as much as a prosecution wrongly brought.”

Evidence

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