A half crime Drama/half legal procedure focusing on the Criminal Investigation Department (C.I.D) Detectives who investigate murders involving the people on the streets of London and the Crown Prosecutors who prosecute the defendants in court. The police half focuses on the exciting case load of London Metropolitan Murder Investigation Unit (M.I.U) made up of dedicated officers including recovering alcoholic Senior Detective Sergeant (D.S) Ronnie Brooks (Bradley Walsh), who substitutes booze with food, he is a cop from the East End with a tough past and a big heart. His partner is Junior Detective Sergeant (D.S) Joe Hawkins (Ben Bailey-Smith), a young officer who has come straight from child protection to the murder squad. Their boss DI Wes Leyton (Paterson Joseph) has been through it all and knows the only way to change things is from the inside. Once our police heroes start pounding the streets in the pursuit of their prime suspect by piecing together the clues of each and every ... Written by
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Adapting this American series for the UK meant several problems as the legal systems of the US and the UK are very different in rules and procedures. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is not the same as a District Attorneys in the US and does not have the same powers and procedures, nor is it subject to the political influences as a DA who also has to face public election. The CPS does not engage in plea-bargaining ( legally binding agreements for lesser charges, immunity or sentences) with the defense in return for cooperation or a guilty plea, or an agreed minimum sentence, as these are strictly in the hands of the judge in the UK legal system. Although they can make recommendations to the judge, however the judge does not have to follow them. Additionally the CPS lawyers themselves do not personally prosecute the case in court, this is done by hired barrister's nor do they carry out their own further investigations into a case. The decision to prosecute or not is based solely on the evidence the police put forward and if there is a reasonable likelihood of a conviction. See more
The scene cards at the start of the trial sequences say "Crown v. xyz". In England prosecutions are in the name of the Queen and are annotated "R v XYZ" See more
In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups. The police who investigate crime, and the Crown Prosecutors who prosecute the offenders. These are their stories.
Version of Law & Order