LCF calls for spotlight on race cases

The Law Centres Federation (LCF) believes that lack of training is to blame for the judiciary's alleged failure to deal effectively with racially motivated crimes.

A motion passed at the LCF annual general meeting pinpointed the “failure by the CPS to have properly trained prosecutors and a reluctance to undertake prosecutions”.

Debashish Dey, of Tower Hamlets Law Centre, who helped draft the motion, says that assigning specially trained prosecutors to racially motivated cases would help to secure convictions.

A spokesman for the CPS says racial motivation is built into the public interest test for bringing a prosecution, and all other factors being equal, such cases are more likely to be brought to court.