No bias over DPP being involved in case

Belfast High Court

Belfast High Court

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No bias arose from Northern Ireland’s Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) being involved in a criminal case after previously representing a co-accused who pleaded guilty, the Court of Appeal ruled yesterday.

Senior judges also held that Barra McGrory QC’s challenge to the terms of an anonymity order for police surveillance witnesses did not amount to an abuse of process.

Confirming that the appeal centred on issues of law alone, Lord Justice Higgins acknowledged that it raised a fundamental issue about the “strict dichotomy” between the prosecution and defence in any criminal trial.

 

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