A body established in 1987 to be responsible for investigating and prosecuting serious or complex frauds. The Attorney General appoints and superintends its director. The director is empowered to investigate any suspected offence that appears to involve serious fraud and may employ any suitable person to help in the investigation. Serious and complex fraud cases go straight to the Crown Court, which can hold preparatory hearings to clarify issues for the jury and settle points of law.
http://www.sfo.gov.uk/ SFO website
Subjects: Law — Social Sciences.