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UK Parliament judicial system praised by Council of Europe anti-corruption body

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The Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption published their 46-page report of the UK on 6 March 2013.

The Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) report praised the UK judicial system for its transparency and independence, as well as the lack of delays in handling cases.

“Nothing emerged during the current evaluation which could indicate any element of corruption in relation to judges, nor is there evidence of judicial decisions being influenced in an inappropriate manner,” according to the report.

It also welcomed the “fair and impartial procedures” in place for the recruitment and promotion of the public prosecutors and the efforts to improve the efficiency and safeguard the integrity of the profession.

The implementation of recommendations within the report – which include a recommendation on the acceptance of gifts by Members of Parliament - will be examined by GRECO in 2014.