Press Releases

The Crown Prosecution Service deploys agents effectively, but needs to provide them with better support HM Crown Prosecution Inspectorate (HMCPSI) has today published a report on the effective use of agents in the magistrates’ court. In 2018-19, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) used agents in over 1 in 4 magistrates’ court sessions. Agents are lawyers […]

Published: 12 March 2020

CPS starting to address gap in specialist prosecutions for young people Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Inspectorate (HMCPSI) has today published the findings of its latest report on the handling of youth cases by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). The inspection revealed regional discrepancies as to how well youth charging decisions and casework is handled. However, […]

Published: 05 March 2020

Building successful domestic abuse prosecutions without the victim’s support is possible but challenging for police and prosecutors. A joint report published by Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has concluded that the handling of evidence led domestic abuse prosecutions requires improvement. If […]

Published: 23 January 2020

The Crown Prosecution Service improve their handling of disclosure, but further improvement is needed before the necessary standard is achieved HM Crown Prosecution Inspectorate (HMCPSI) has today published its latest report on the handling by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) of the disclosure of unused material in the Crown Court. The report has found that […]

Published: 09 January 2020

HM Crown Prosecution Inspectorate (HMCPSI) has today published the findings of its inspection which aimed to shed light on why there has been a fall in rape prosecutions and whether the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) was to blame.

Published: 17 December 2019

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 […]

Published: 08 October 2019

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.

Published: 13 August 2019

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 […]

Published: 22 July 2019

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 […]

Published: 05 February 2019

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 […]

Published: 29 January 2019