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08 October 2019  Serious Fraud Office taking steps to improve case progression An inspection by Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) has found that the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) could improve the processes it has in place to support how it progresses cases. Inspectors note that the SFO is already making some changes, including […]

The efficient and effective processing of correspondence to and from the defence can reduce delays in court, save money across the criminal justice system, and improve the service for victims and witnesses.

A review by Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) has found that the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) are responding positively to address staff feedback on leadership. Following the 2018 Civil Service People Survey, the Chief Operating Officer approached HMCPSI requesting an independent assessment of SFO staff engagement. This was to address a slight decline […]

A report from Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) has found that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division offers a model of best practice for the rest of the CPS. Despite working on some of the most challenging casework in the CPS, the Division delivers high quality cases. Inspectors […]

A report from Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) has found that despite having some of the most challenging casework, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) International Justice and Organised Crime Division continuously delivers its work to a high standard. A number of stakeholders were consulted during the inspection, and were very positive about the […]

A report from Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) has revealed that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has been sending unsatisfactory letters to victims of crime. The report, into the effectiveness of Victim Liaison Units (VLUs) found too many letters contained simple errors including spelling mistakes that could have been picked up if the […]

Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) has today published its Area Assurance Inspection report for Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) London South. Amidst the significant challenges of dividing CPS London into the 2 new Areas of London North and South, CPS London South has made considerable progress in terms of leadership from senior management. Inspectors […]

Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) has today published its Area Assurance Inspection report for Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) London North. Amidst the significant challenges of dividing CPS London into the 2 new Areas of London North and South, both Areas have effectively built strong working relationships with key criminal justice partners. Inspectors were […]

HMCPSI, the inspectorate for the CPS, has published a summary of the trends appearing from its two year-long review of CPS Areas across England and Wales, known as the Area Assurance Programme (AAP). Bringing together the inspection reports of individual Areas provides the opportunity to review the overall strengths and weaknesses of the CPS as […]

CPS Mersey-Cheshire has earned an encouraging appraisal from HMCPSI inspectors in their latest Area report. Engaging with community groups and stakeholders has helped to raise hate crime conviction rates, with conviction of disability hate crime up to 91.4% – making it one of the best rates in the country, and well above the CPS goal. […]