Maxwell Confiat Case

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‘In 1978, Maxwell Confiat a male prostitute was murdered, three teenage boys who were poorly educated and all under the age of eighteen years were found guilty of his unlawful death. Whilst in custody and under investigation the three boys were given no access to mature legal advice and were questioned for hours upon end, until they were broken down and they confessed to murdering Maxwell Confiat. Eventually new evidence came to light that proved the boys innocence. The police had apparently falsified evidence. A Royal Commission under Sir Cyril Philips (‘The Philip’s Inquiry’) followed taking evidence from 1978-1981.The Philips Inquiry led to the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984’. For the purpose of this essay, I am going to look at how history steered the way for the restructuring of police prosecutions and, the development of the Crown Prosecution Service; whilst critically evaluating and analysing the policies and procedures that regulates the Crown Prosecution Service and their decisions to prosecute offenders. Two equally important groups, the initial investigators of crime the police, and the prosecutors that prosecute the lawbreakers, the Crown Prosecution Service, represent society in the criminal justice…show more content…
Different areas had different standards where one area would decide to tick off another may choose to prosecute. The police were allowing too many weak cases to go to court, this lead to judge directed releases and not enough preparation time for cases as in R v Lawrence. It was the total non-existence of uniformity on which the Commission elected on total restructuring on prosecutions, and recommended the formation of a new independent prosecuting authority as an Act of Parliament. The term prosecution is stated

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