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CPS to consider 'procedural implications' of Janner case following death

Lord Janner died on Saturday weeks after a high court judge ruled that he was unfit to stand trial due to his dementia. Credit: PA

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said that it is considering the "procedural implications" of the sex abuse case against Lord Janner, who died at the weekend.

The CPS said the matter will be considered at a court hearing next year.

A trial of the facts is due to take place in April after Janner was ruled unfit to stand trial over alleged historical child sex offences due to his advanced dementia.

Greville Janner faced criminal proceedings for child sex offences, with a trial of the facts scheduled to take place in April 2016.

When a defendant dies during criminal proceedings, it is usual that the case no longer goes ahead following formal confirmation of the defendant's death at a hearing before the court.

However, we are considering the procedural implications of this specific case. As the High Court will close today until January 11 2016, there can be no hearing before that date.

It is right that this matter is considered properly in open court, and we will therefore not be commenting further ahead of a court hearing.

– Crown Prosecution Service

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Janner makes brief appearance in court over abuse charges

Lord Janner has made a brief appearance at Westminster Magistrates' Court charged with historical child abuse offences.

Greville Janner is charged with offences ranging from the 1960s to the 1980s.

Greville Janner is charged with 22 offences Credit: Reuters

The former Labour peer and MP was helped into court by his solicitor and two carers.

He peered round the door and looking at all the reporters, said: "Oh gosh", adding: "This is wonderful" before taking a seat at a desk.

Deputy chief magistrate Emma Arbuthnot said asked him if he was Lord Janner, who which he replied: "Yes".

She said the 22 charges of sexual abuse he faces would be sent to Southwark Crown Court for the next hearing on September 1.

Immediately following this, he was helped back to his feet and led out of court, having been granted unconditional bail.

ITV News correspondent Juliet Bremner said the entire hearing lasted just one minute.

Lord Janner arrives at court to face charges

Lord Janner has arrived at Westminster Magistrates Court to face 22 counts of historical child abuse in person for the first time.

Lord Janner was driven in through the court's back door

The 87-year-old was driven in by the underground entrance, used for prisoners and vulnerable people.

During the short hearing, he will be identified by a relative or carer and told that the matter is being moved the crown court.

Should that cause extreme distress the peer will be "immediately removed" and the case continued in his absence, district judge Emma Arbuthnot ruled, saying it was important to be "humane".

Lord Janner to appear in court in person, lawyer confirms

Lord Janner will appear in court in person for the first time this afternoon to face 22 counts of historical child abuse, his lawyer has confirmed.

The 87-year-old had been ordered to attend the hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court in person this morning, but did not appear.

Janner defence team accused of 'messing around'. Credit: PA

After a failed application to allow the peer to attend via video link, his legal team were given the choice of his appearing in person at the magistrates court or at Wood Green Crown Court, which is closer to his house.

His lawyers had failed in a last-minute High Court bid yesterday to permit him not to attend. They had argued that he was suffering from dementia, and so forcing him to be in court in person was a violation of his human rights, but this was thrown out.

The deputy Chief Magistrate, district judge Emma Arbuthnot, said the process should not take more than 40 seconds.

He will be brought in by the underground entrance for prisoners and vulnerable people. He will be identified by a relative or carer and told that the matter is being moved the crown court.

Should that cause extreme distress the 87 year old peer will be immediately removed, she added.

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Janner defence team accused of 'messing around'

The district judge presiding over a preliminary hearing for Lord Janner, who failed to attend court to face 22 charges of child abuse, has accused the peer's legal team of "messing around".

District Judge Emma Arbuthnot warned Paul Ozin QC, who is acting for the former Labour peer and MP, that time was running out - and vowed to "resolve" the issue of whether Janner will appear at court today "even if I have to have him arrested".

Lord Janner had been ordered to appear in court in person Credit: PA

Janner was ordered to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court in person for the hearing, but failed to attend.

District Judge Arbuthnot ruled the peer could not legally appear by live video link from his place of residence or a police station.

She dismissed yet more legal arguments from the defence team accusing them of "wasting time".

Addressing Mr Ozin, she said:

Even if I have to have him arrested I am going to get him to court, one way and another. I am warning you .... Stop messing around.

We have already had three hearings. I am a bit concerned that this is becoming a time wasting exercise

– District Judge Emma Arbuthnot

She added that the hearing must be done in a 'humane way'.

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