This chapter presents a synthesis of discussions in the preceding chapters and some concluding thoughts from the author. It argues that the existence of a judicial discretion to stay criminal proceedings which are an abuse of the process of the court is now a deeply entrenched part of English criminal procedure. It discusses issues that must be addressed to ensure the smooth and coherent development of the abuse of process doctrine. The chapter concludes by stating that the abuse of process doctrine must ultimately be left to the exercise of judicial good sense, which should be accompanied by a clear judicial articulation of the reasoning that has been employed to determine the success or otherwise of the abuse of process application at hand.
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