OPINION: Were prosecutions under the Coronavirus Act unlawful?

June 3, 2020

Laura Jane Miller examines the recent review by the Crown Prosecution Service which concluded that ordinary members of the public had been wrongly criminalised due to an inherent lack of understanding of the law by enforcement authorities.

“The stark reality is that but for the press attention, these miscarriages of justice would almost certainly have gone unnoticed. Ordinary members of the public would have criminal convictions for offences which simply do not exist. Hastily drafted legislation requires proper checks and balances to ensure it is proportionate and necessary. It requires particular caution and diligence across the criminal justice system to ensure a fair and lawful application. Whilst criminal lawyers across the land demand this, politicians ignore it at their own peril.”

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