New guidance for use in suspected “mercy killings” will not decriminalise murder or manslaughter, the head of the Crown Prosecution Service assured me this week. Max Hill QC, who became director of public prosecutions in 2018, was explaining how the CPS would handle cases where homicide suspects believed they had been acting wholly out of compassion. A public consultation on the guidelines was launched this morning.
You can read my interview with the DPP and my assessment of his proposals in today’s digital edition of the Law Society Gazette. Go to page 11 of the virtual magazine, select single-page view and zoom in to a comfortable reading size. You can also download and print pages of your choice.
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