The case was "sent" to Southwark Crown Court, like all other indictable offences, this is where the serious cases happen. Perverting the Course of Justice is very serious offence and it can only be tried at the Crown Court.
Today was just a preliminary hearing. There will be half a dozen hearings to set out a time table before the case goes to trial.
Witnesses need to be informed of available dates and a certain amount of evidence still needs to be disclosed. The defendant also has the right to ask the police to collect more evidence during this time.
Eleanor lawyers asking the CPS to stop my prosecution:
In the last two weeks Eleanor's 'lawyers have contacted the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) and asked them to intervene and stop my Private Prosecution.
The CPS have a right to review our case papers and do one of three things:
1. Let us continue the prosecution.
2. Take over and continue it themselves.
3. Take over and stop it.
Their decision will be based on two factors:
2. The public interest.
It will be many weeks before the CPS consider what to do. We shall have to wait and see. Despite this being a very serious situation Eleanor is looking very confident in court, again.
For full CPS guidance on Private Prosecutions click here.