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CPS RASSO unit press notice (37.50 kB) See also: CPS RASSO unit report (462.51 kB)

This report found that the CPS is insufficiently resourcing its RASSO units, is not following its own victim policies in a third of cases, and that the different operating models developed for the RASSO units in each CPS Area mean there is a lack of consistency of approach to cases and limited compliance with the […]

Witness summons – press release (36.50 kB) Witness summons executive summary (96.64 kB) Witness summons report (382.45 kB)

Communicating with victims – Press Release (24.98 kB) Communicating with victims – Executive summary (2.00 MB) Communicating with victims report (182.44 kB)

Fewer and fewer witnesses are attending court, often resulting in a trial that has to be rescheduled, or even in the defendant being acquitted. There are a number of ways to get witnesses to give evidence in court, including a witness summons, but this should be the last resort and only considered when all other […]

The Communicating with Victims inspection assesses how effectively the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) communicates with victims. The focus is on the quality and timeliness of communications. Most victims and witnesses are nervous and apprehensive about what, for most, is their first encounter with the criminal justice system. Therefore effective communications is essential to help put […]

HMCPSI’s Civil Service People Survey Highlights Report Engagement Index 67% My work 72% Organisational objectives and purpose 72% My manager 70% My team 87% Learning and development 56% Inclusion and fair treatment 80% Resources and workload 83% Pay and benefits 42% Leadership and managing change 63% Returns 100% 2015 Staff Survey results (534.85 kB)

Chief Inspector Kevin McGinty delivered a speech as part of the ‘Future of Criminal Justice Management’ conference in Salford on Wednesday 2 December.

A review looking at how the Crown Prosecution Service handles rape and serious sexual offence (RASSO) casework found that the CPS is insufficiently resourcing its RASSO units, is not following its own victim policies in a third of cases, and that the different operating models developed for the RASSO units in each CPS Area mean […]

HMIC and HMCPSI published a joint report today looking at identifying the vulnerability of victims and witnesses in prosecution cases. The report found that vulnerable victims and witnesses were being let down by an inconsistent approach to the management of criminal case files. Chief Inspector Kevin McGinty said: “Witnesses are the cornerstone of any case, […]