Gov't Balks At Call To Let More Prosecutors OK New Cases

Law360, London (May 14, 2019, 6:57 PM BST) -- The U.K. government on Tuesday defended a requirement that only directors at the top white-collar enforcement agencies can sign off on new prosecutions, telling senior lawmakers reviewing anti-corruption legislation that the rule doesn't hinder crime-fighting. 

The Ministry of Justice said there's no reason for the directors at the Crown Prosecution Service or the Serious Fraud Office to delegate their authority to initiate proceedings, as there's no indication that it's slowing down the pace of prosecutions. 

The objection is one of several contrasting takes on how to improve a central pillar in the fight against economic and complex financial crime following the...

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