Our Reports

In this report we focus on recruitment and retention in the agencies that we inspect.

Published: 15 February 2024

Interim findings from phase 1 of a joint inspection by HMCPSI and HMICFRS of case building by the police and Crown Prosecution Service. Today we have published the Joint Case Building interim findings.  The full report will be published in spring 2024.   Joint case building by the police and Crown Prosecution Service (391 kB)

Published: 25 January 2024

This was a joint inspection by His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS), His Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) and His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation (HMI Probation).  The inspection aimed to assess how well the criminal justice system meets the needs of victims, from when a victim reports an offence […]

Published: 19 December 2023

HMCPSI has conducted a follow-up inspection into the CPS’s handling of custody time limits. The inspectorate found that although there was some evidence of good practice, two of the recommendations made in the 2021 inspection report have not been fully embedded.

Published: 30 November 2023

HMCPSI has conducted a thematic inspection of CPS’s induction processes for new prosecutors. The Inspectorate found that the CPS has developed and continues to support and deliver a comprehensive legal induction programme.

Published: 01 November 2023

HMCPSI carried out a programme of inspections across all 14 CPS Areas between 2021 and 2022 with a focus on casework quality.

Published: 21 September 2023

This inspection is a follow-up to our 2018 inspection. This report finds that almost half of the written responses from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to complainants, including victims of crime, are inadequate.

Published: 23 August 2023

The illegal drug trading model known as “county lines” has been deployed for many years by criminal gangs. The gangs often exploit vulnerable individuals, including adults and children to distribute drugs to customers, as well as to move and store drugs and money.

Published: 25 July 2023

This report covers our inspection activity for the year 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023.

During this period, we completed the CPS Area Inspection programme publishing the final eight inspection reports.

Published: 19 July 2023

This inspection is a follow-up to HMCPSI’s 2019 report on case progression in the Serious Fraud Office (SFO). It reviews the SFO’s progress towards implementing the seven recommendations made in that report.

Published: 04 May 2023