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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. […]

HMCPSI has found that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has shown a real commitment to refreshing its quality assurance regime, but improvements still need to be made. Inspectors looked at whether Individual Quality Assessments (IQAs) – which were introduced in 2015 – were fit for purpose, whether they were being undertaken as envisaged and whether […]

HMCPSI inspectors have found that the new management of CPS North West have made a strong start, but more work needs to be done to raise casework standards across the board. The Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP) and several senior managers were newly appointed in 2017. Inspectors commended the Area’s managers for their effective leadership, staff […]

A recent inspection into CPS South East by HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) found encouraging results in the improvement that the Area has managed to make in its overall sexual offences conviction rate. The rate improved from 77.5% in 2015-16 to 79.9% in the 12 months to June 2017, compared to 78.0% and 79.6% […]