perverting the course of justice

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perverting the course of justice

a serious crime of interfering with public justice which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and an unlimited fine. It does not matter whether or not the acts actually result in the course of justice being perverted. The prosecution must show that a course of public justice has been commenced, such as an event from which it can reasonably be expected that an investigation will follow; or investigations which could bring proceedings have already started and are in progress; or proceedings of some kind have been started, or are about to be started.
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Yunusa is facing charges of attempted perversion of the course of justice and corruption by a public official, while Agbo is facing a charge of offering gratification to a public official.
At the Appeal Court, Lord Justice Hooper criticised a "very bad case of non-disclosure" regarding the credibility of a witness in the case, leading to "what appears to us to be a serious perversion of the course of justice".
He referred to submissions by John Rees QC, appearing for Accident Exchange, that - with the exception of Elaine Walker - none of those currently before the court were "the main perpetrators of this very serious perversion of the course of justice".
In what is believed to be the first case of its kind, a High Court judge in London said they had been involved in "a very serious perversion of the course of justice" and imposed prison sentences ranging from 12 months to six months.
In 2003 the CPS agreed there was evidence that various doctors had been negligent or grossly negligent and/or involved in forgery and perversion of the course of justice. Yet it concluded that none of them should be prosecuted because too much time had elapsed and that the police had e'ectively given them immunity from prosecution.
The Appeal Court judges said there was a "serious perversion of the course of justice" and called it a "shocking episode".
Coleman, 24, admitted a string of charges at Cardiff Crown Court, including actual bodily harm, perversion of the course of justice and intimidation.
The intellectual climate in which Rogers worked is reflected in his focus on 'maintenance', the perversion of the course of justice by the mighty in favour of their adherents through means of bribery and intimidation.
A spokesman for the Solicitors Regulation Authority said: "Perversion of the course of justice is of course a criminal offence and not of itself a regulatory breach.
A close aide of Mr Blair said that he and his former Downing Street colleagues were "massively relieved" at the news that they would apparently not face court over the alleged sale of honours or perversion of the course of justice.
Lord Levy and Ms Turner were also questioned about allegations relating to perversion of the course of justice.