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U.K. Plans Rapid Justice for ‘Olympics Offenders,’ Times Reports

June 26, 2012

U.K. Plans Rapid Justice for ‘Olympics Offenders,’

U.K. authorities plan “fast-track justice” for people who commit crimes in connection with this summer’s Olympic Games, the London-based Times reported, citing Alison Saunders, London’s Chief Crown Prosecutor. Photographer: Andrew Cowie/AFP/Getty Images

U.K. authorities plan “fast-track justice” for people who commit crimes in connection with this summer’s Olympic Games, the London-based Times reported, citing Alison Saunders, London’s Chief Crown Prosecutor.

“Olympics offenses,” defined as those committed during the Games and at Games locations, and involving spectators, competitors or officials, will result in court appearances within 24 hours; courts across London will sit in the evenings and early mornings, the newspaper said.

Virtual “live-link” courts will be used extensivly, to avoid unnecessary movement of prisoners across the capital at a time of traffic congestion, the Times said.

The plans have been drawn up by the Crown Prosecution Service, the police, the Courts Service and other criminal justice agencies, the newspaper said.

Crimes to be dealt with under the fast-track system include ticket touting, street disorder, pick-pocketing and mugging, according to the Times.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Alan Purkiss at apurkiss@bloomberg.net


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