Code test

A Crown Prosecution Service lawyer must give consideration to the Code for Crown Prosecutors’ before preparing an extradition request. The “Code test” sets the basic principle for prosecution and has two stages: evidential and public interest. The evidential test requires enough evidence for a “realistic prospect” of prosecution. The public interest test requires that a prosecution is carried out with a view to satisfying the interests of the victims and the wider public.

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