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Brief assessments

The table below lists the finalised brief assessment decisions made by the CDPP under the Prosecution Policy of the Commonwealth during 2019–20. Decisions not to commence matters under the Prosecution Policy are reviewed annually by the ELG with a view to identifying any systemic issues which require addressing by the CDPP or by partner agencies.

Table 10: Brief assessment outcomes 2019–20*



Decision to commence proceedings


Decision not to commence due to insufficient evidence


Decision not to commence due to public interest factors


*This data does not include finalisation of brief assessments where no decision was made by CDPP under the Prosecution Policy, for example, due to the defendant dying, termination of the investigation by the investigative agency, the investigating agency seeking return of the brief of evidence, where matters are transferred to a state agency to consider prosecution action, or for other relevant reasons.