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IICSA Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

Institutional responses to allegations of child sexual abuse involving the late Lord Janner of Braunstone QC Investigation Report

Annex 2: Glossary

HOLMES (Home Office Large Major Enquiry System)
A police database that processes information to assist the management of an investigation and the allocation and progress of tasks (known as ‘actions’). Actions are prioritised as high, medium or low priority. Once an action has been completed, it is reviewed and, if no further work is necessary, it is placed in the ‘resulted queue’, and then ultimately ‘filed’. ‘Referred’ actions are those actions which will not be pursued, in accordance with the senior investigating officer’s policy. ‘Pended’ actions relate to actions that are to be allocated on a predetermined date. Documents generated by actions (including statements, exhibits, interview transcripts, reports from officers and the actions themselves) are logged on HOLMES with unique reference numbers (for example, ‘S1’ is statement 1 and ‘X1’ is exhibit 1).
Jigsaw identification
The ability to identify someone from different pieces of information.
Section 1(1) of the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992
This section prevents any matter being published about a complainant which might enable the public to identify them as being someone against whom a sexual offence has been said to have been committed.
Trial of the facts
If, based on medical evidence, a court determines that a person is unfit to stand trial, then criminal proceedings cannot proceed. Prosecutors then have the option to have the matter heard as a ‘trial of the facts’. This is a trial in which the jury is asked to decide – on the basis of evidence adduced by the prosecution and defence lawyers – whether or not the accused did the acts he or she was charged with.
Victims’ Right to Review scheme
The Victims’ Right to Review scheme enables victims to seek a review of certain Crown Prosecution Service decisions not to start a prosecution or to stop a prosecution. It is an important safeguard in England and Wales in relation to the rule of law.
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