When Sir Cliff Richard penned the lyrics to Summer Holiday in 1963 he could not have anticipated that the prospect of “no more working for a week or two” would be tested to its limits by some greedy holidaymakers. Whereas most of us are willing to splash a little cash to enjoy a few weeks on a sunny beach, and consider it a good investment of time and money, it seems that a few dishonest folk see it as an opportunity to make a buck by scamming their travel operator.
A year ago we observed that the families of the deceased had expressed a firm intention to mount a private prosecution in the wake of the findings from the Fatal Accident Inquiry. Earlier today, those families were told that they cannot launch private prosecutions.
In June 2013, the CPS launched a scheme which allows victims of crimes to seek a review of CPS decisions not to charge, to discontinue or otherwise to terminate proceedings, where the decision was made after 5 June 2013.
On the face of it, this would seem to be a good thing as it provides victims with an alternative to launching expensive and time-consuming judicial review proceedings in order to challenge a CPS decision. However, does it go far enough to support victims and is it suitably independent?