Serious youth crime

Date of publication
05 March 2020
Participating inspectorate
HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate
Crown Prosecution Service
Inspection type

Serious youth crime (820 kB)

This inspection report reviews how the CPS handles serious youth crime and identifies recommendations, issues to address and examples of good practice.

The inspection aimed to assess whether:

  • the CPS’s handling of serious youth casework is efficient and effective
  • there is a high standard of legal decision-making in serious youth cases
  • the CPS is following its youth policy in terms of decision-making and case handling
  • policy and guidance supports the effective prosecution of youth crime.

The inspection examined 280 files, 20 from each of the 14 CPS Areas.