On 4 June 2019, JUSTICE responded to the CPS consultation on Mental Health Conditions and Disorders: Draft Legal Guidance.
JUSTICE is pleased to respond to this consultation. In 2017, JUSTICE published its Mental Health and Fair Trial report, chaired by Sir David Latham. The report expressed concern about lack of appropriate guidance for prosecutors on when to prosecute. We recommended that the CPS guidance be urgently reviewed and updated, in particular to explain the nature of diversion and the local options available as an alternative to prosecution. In submitting this response, JUSTICE reconvened members of the Working Party to consider the proposed guidance.