ABSENCE OF CRIME-SPECIFIC POLICY IDENTIFYING FACTORS TO BE CONSIDERED

The Code for Crown Prosecutors was insufficient to satisfy the requirements of the European Convention on Human Rights 1950 art.8 of accessibility and foreseeability in assessing how prosecutorial discretion was likely to be exercised in cases of assisted suicide under the Suicide Act 1961 s.2(1) . The Director of Public Prosecutions was required to promulgate an offence-specific policy identifying the facts and circumstances that he would take into account in deciding whether to consent to a prosecution under s.2(1).

[2009] UKHL 45