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Teenage girl to challenge prosecutor’s impartiality

October 2020

Max Hill QC
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A teenage girl who challenged the Crown Prosecution Service over guidance it had put in place for schools earlier this year is now taking them to the High Court.

The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, applied to the High Court for a Judicial Review in September over the CPS’s continued membership of the Stonewall Champions Programme.

Support for her case, which stood at nearly £25,000 as at the time of writing, has underlined the strength of feeling behind her arguments.

She has claimed there is an appearance of bias as a result of the CPS continuing in its membership of the Stonewall programme.

The High Court was also told that membership of the Stonewall Champions Scheme goes beyond the appearance of bias to render it institutionally biased.

Accordingly, the teenage claimant stated, ‘I do not believe the CPS can be fair as they are listening to Stonewall who are misrepresenting what the law says.

‘I do not trust them to focus on the safety, privacy, and dignity of girls, or to balance the rights of all young people in schools.’

The girl first challenged the CPS earlier this year when the government body issued LGBT guidance to schools, which suggested that children could be found guilty of hate crimes if they excluded from their friendship groups anyone who might be LGBT, or if they expressed concern about gender-neutral toilets.

At the time, the teenager said this penalised girls and took away their rights to a safe space. She is being supported by the Safe Schools Alliance and Fair Cop.

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