We have looked at the case of Lord Janner after it was announced in April that he wouldn’t be charged with historic sex abuse (you can see a personal comment here), saying how the CPS decision appeared to be correct.
Well, on 29th June 2015 (after much speculation in the papers) it was confirmed that Lord Janner would now be charged.
What is the appeal process?
Briefly, someone dissatisfied with a prosecutorial decision can ask that the decision is looked at again. That is what has happened here.
What happens next?
The case starts as every case does – Lord Janner will be charged and taken to the Magistrates’ Court. The case will end up in the Crown Court where there will either be a trial, if he is found fit to plead, or a ‘trial of issue’ if he is not.
We have a factsheet on Fitness to Plead, which gives an overview of the procedure. We will shortly have a factsheet of what happens on a Trial of Issue.