Janner child sex abuse: legal failures presage alternatives to prosecution/inquiries


Lord Greville Janner

Yesterday the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) made it clear in a statement that it, together with previous police investigations, had failed in its prosecution of Lord Greville Janner, against whom the CPS had in its possession substantial evidence of child sex abuse – enough to have brought a prosecution if it had not been for Janner’s health. What is now highly significant is that both the CPS and the police are advocating various means by which this matters can proceed within the legal system. We examine these alternatives below, as well the efficacy of an alternative option: direct, extra-legal action by the victims.

A. The case against Janner

According to Leicestershire Police there were 25 victims of child sex abuse by Lord Janner. The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Alison Saunders, said in a statement yesterday that had Janner been considered fit to stand for trial…

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