Response from A-G’s office on 26 January 2017

Dear Ms Zelter

Our guidance, both for public prosecuting authorities, such as the Crown Prosecution Service or the Serious Fraud Office, and putative private prosecutors, is that draft charges or an indictment are required with every request for consent.  See for example https://www.gov.uk/guidance/consent-of-the-attorney-general-to-prosecute-how-to-apply and annex 3 of the CPS guidance http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/a_to_c/consent_to_prosecute/#a09 .  We do require a draft indictment in this case so please provide one.

Kind regards

Craig Hollands

Correspondence Unit

Attorney General’s Office

correspondence@attorneygeneral.gsi.gov.uk  020 7271 2492

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