- Andrew Sanders, Andrew SandersProfessor of Criminal Law and Criminology, University of Birmingham
- Richard YoungRichard YoungProfessor of Law and Policy Research, University of Bristol
- and Mandy BurtonMandy BurtonProfessor of Socio-Legal Studies, University of Leicester
This chapter examines whether the combination of laws, policies, and procedures of different prosecuting and enforcement agencies is fair, effective, and freedom-enhancing. It discusses the respective roles of the police and Crown Prosecution Service in prosecution decision-making; how cases are constructed for prosecution; the criteria for prosecution decision-making; diversion from prosecution; review of prosecution decisions and accountability; and different treatment of ‘regulatory’ offences and ‘real’ crime.