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Where can I find a list of discretions available to the prosecution

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Where can I find a list of discretions available to the prosecution in a criminal trial in a crown court of England and wales

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I would like a list of all discretions or a reference source . which provides me with a list or guidance on what decision the prosecution can make unilaterally during a criminal trial. issues such as bad charcter, screens, joinder, severance etc what have they got sole power and discretions on.

I'm really sorry but I am afraid that is an enormous question that is beyond the remit of a question and answer site.
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I would suggest purchasing the book called Archold. This give all the Court rules, case law and commentary. This is a lawyers handbook and although very expensive it will give you all what you need.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I would like to know:


does the prosecution have the discretion on whether or not to join co-defendants in one indictment.


I cannot find any law, case law or legislation which supports the view that they do.


I thought that if the prosecution do not want to join codefednats together, but the codefendants want to be tried together then it is ultimately up to the judge not the prosecution.



1. Yes

It is a matter for the prosecution. The prosecution bring the case, they need to prove it.

Therefore it is a matter for Pros how they run a case.

Does that clarify?


Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Surely.....if people are meant to have conspired together then the prosecution must have a duty to run the case in the interests of justice and fairly and the starting point must be joinder of co-conpirators. and surely a bad prosecution decision must be subject to review in the court of appeal.


what legislation or case law do you have to support your view

Its a matter of discretion.

If you want legislation/case law might I suggest you purchase the book Archbold - this gives detailed guidance on Crown and High Court matters.

Sadly your original question did not ask for case law and the fee you pay is very low so allow me in depth research.

But this book is a great resource and is used by all criminal Barristers

Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?


Customer: replied 3 years ago.

im afraid i have already consulted archbold and other journals, and there is no evidence to support that it is a matter of discretion for the prosecution.


I would love to know where you are saying that it is a matter of discretion. you do not have any legislation or case law to support this argument.


In fact all the arguments support the view that that there is a presumption of joint trials

A presumption - a presumption can always be rebutted. That is a matter of law.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I accept your answer. but i need some supporting evidence to say that you are right when you say it is there discretion. on what basis are you saying they have this discretion

Indeed, but as I have indicated the fee you have paid is for a low detail, low urgent answer and case law sadly was not asked for in the original question.

It would take me probably an hour to get the detailed information you need which is outside the remit of this site. This is a question and answer site and sadly not used for research/case law.

I am sorry.

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