R (on the application of Purvis) v Director of Public Prosecutions

Criminal law – Prosecution. The Crown prosecutor's decision that there should be no prosecution of a police officer for perjury and/or misconduct in a public office had been seriously flawed because she had failed to take into account the strength of the public interest factors plainly weighing in favour of prosecution for the offences which had passed the evidential test, and because she had failed to apply the law correctly in deciding that a charge of perverting the course of justice did not pass the evidential test. Accordingly, the Divisional Court quashed the that that the officer not be prosecuted.

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