The DPP's Prosecutorial Policy on Assisted Suicide
Author: Heywood, Rob
Source: King's Law Journal, Volume 21, Number 3, October 2010 , pp. 425-443(19)
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Abstract:This article examines the strengths and weaknesses of the DPP's Prosecutorial Policy on Assisted Suicide which was implemented as a result of Debbie Purdy's famous victory in the House of Lords. The paper highlights the potential effect of the offence-specific policy and demonstrates that there are both strengths and weaknesses contained within it. How a person comes to view these depends largely on which particular side of the assisted suicide debate they favour. The author also suggests, contrary to recent academic opinion, that there is no right not to be prosecuted. The DPP still has discretion, and the exercise of that discretion will be crucial in determining the success or otherwise of the policy. The article concludes by considering the impact of the policy on the wider assisted suicide debate and makes some tentative suggestions about which direction that debate should take in the future.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: October 1, 2010
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