Crown Prosecution Service updates guidelines on defendants with mental health issues

12 March 2019 – Independent

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said it had updated its guidance to reflect growing understanding of different conditions.

The move was made after a random sample of almost 400 cases across England and Wales found that one in five involved a defendant, victim or witness with a mental health issues.

The CPS has also launched a consultation so that the public, charities and health and legal professionals can submit their views on the guidelines before they are finalised.


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