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Consultations about General Prosecution Policy

Current consultations

Consultations in which the CPS is seeking your contribution:

Expiry Date

Outline

28/09/2017

Consultation on CPS Legal Guidance on Secondary Liability

Find out more about the Consultation on CPS Legal Guidance on Secondary Liability - on this site

Expired consultations

Expiry Date

Outline

There are no current expired consultations in this category.

Consultation outcomes

These are consultations that have been completed, and your contributions have assisted in the creation of the following reports:

Date

Outline

06/10/2016

Summary of Responses to the 2016 Consultation on Interim Revised CPS Guidelines on Prosecuting Social Media Cases

Summary of Responses to the Consultation on Interim Revised CPS Guidelines on Prosecuting Social Media Cases

14/10/2015

Public consultation on Crown Prosecution Service Equality and Diversity Objectives 2015-2018 - summary of responses and final Objectives

Summary of responses to the public consultation on the CPS Equality and Diversity Objectives for 2015-18 - on this site

Finalised CPS Equality and Diversity Objectives for 2015-18 - on this site

09/07/2014

Public consultation on prosecuting cases of domestic violence - summary of responses

Summary of responses to the public consultation on prosecuting cases of domestic violence - on this site

24/04/2014

Consultation on the interim guidance on the public interest in prosecuting non-recent cases where a nominal penalty is the likely outcome - summary of responses

Consultation on the interim guidance on the public interest in prosecuting non-recent cases where a nominal penalty is the likely outcome: Summary of responses - on this site

20/06/2013

Prosecuting cases involving communications sent via social media

The CPS published interim guidelines for prosecutors on prosecuting cases involving communications sent via social media.

The final guidelines were published on 20 June 2013.

Read the guidelines on prosecuting cases involving communications sent via social media - on this site

Download the guidelines (Adobe PDF document - approx 236 kb)

Download the Summary of Responses document (Adobe PDF document - approx 190 kb)

31/01/2013

Public consultation on the CPS' interim guidelines on Concurrent Jurisdiction

The CPS published interim guidelines to prosecutors on the handling of cases where the jurisdiction to prosecute is shared by prosecuting authorities here and overseas.

The guidelines had immediate effect, but were subject to review after a consultation period of three months, which concluded on 31 January 2013.

The final guidelines and summary of responses were published on 17 July 2013

28/01/2013

Consultation on the draft Code for Crown Prosecutors 2012

Code for Crown Prosecutors: the new Code and summary of responses were published on 28/01/2013.

20/12/2012

Joint Enterprise Charging Decisions

Read the Summary of responses from criminal justice agencies, academics, the judiciary and campaigners published after a targeted consultation (PDF document, approx 90kb).

13/09/2012

Guidelines for prosecutors on assessing the public interest in cases affecting the media

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has published final guidelines on assessing the public interest in cases affecting the media.

This follows a public consultation on the interim guidelines which was launched on 18 April 2012. The DPP undertook to produce the guidelines when he gave evidence on 8 February 2012 to the inquiry being conducted by Lord Justice Leveson into the culture, practices and ethics of the press.

The final guidelines are broadly the same as the interim guidelines but they have been amended in a number of sections to reflect views and comments received during the consultation process. A summary of responses to the consultation has also been published.

The guidelines set out the additional considerations which are relevant when prosecutors assess whether a prosecution is required in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors. Each case will be considered on its own facts and on its own merits before a decision is made whether to prosecute.

The guidelines and summary of responses were published on 13 September 2012.

The guidelines (approx 84kb) and summary of responses (approx 37kb) are also available in PDF format.

Download a Welsh version of the guidelines in pdf format (approx 69kb)

07/07/2011

CPS Guidance on Perverting the Course of Justice – Charging in Cases involving rape and/or domestic violence allegations

The aim of the consultation was to seek a wide range of views to inform the guidance for Crown Prosecution Service prosecutors dealing with charging decisions in cases involving rape and/or domestic violence allegations. The new guidance has been published.
Available to download from this site
Perverting the Course of Justice - charging in cases involving rape and/or domestic violence allegations - on this site
Consultation on CPS Interim Guidance on Perverting the Course of Justice: Charging in cases involving rape and/or domestic violence allegations - Summary of responses - on this site
Also available in PDF format
Consultation on CPS Interim Guidance on Perverting the Course of Justice: Charging in cases involving rape and/or domestic violence allegations - Summary of responses

27/08/2010

CPS Single Equality Scheme 2010-11 Consultation Response

In preparation of its Single Equality Scheme, the Crown Prosecution Service undertook extensive consultation. We have worked in partnership with a wide range of community groups to help us shape this scheme from the onset and consulted our staff and the wider public. In many cases, we have been able to address the issues people have raised. In other cases, mindful of the fact that this is only a one-year scheme, we have had to note some observations and we will refer to these during the preparation of our next scheme.
Available in PDF format:
CPS Single Equality Scheme 2010-11 Consultation Response - English PDF
CPS Single Equality Scheme 2010-11 Consultation Response - Welsh PDF

22/02/2010

Public Consultation Exercise on The Code for Crown Prosecutors issued by The Director of Public Prosecutions summary of responses

The Code for Crown Prosecutors is issued by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) under section 10 of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985, and provides guidance to prosecutors. A public consultation on a new draft version of the Code was launched by the DPP and provided stakeholders and members of the public with an opportunity to comment. The CPS has carefully considered all the responses and, as a result, a number of significant changes to the draft version of the Code issued for consultation have been made. These changes are reflected in the sixth (2010) edition of the Code, which is published alongside this summary of responses.
Also available in PDF format:
Public Consultation on The Code for Crown Prosecutors summary of responses - English PDF
Public Consultation on The Code for Crown Prosecutors summary of responses - Welsh PDF

16/7/2009

Outcome of Code Consultation Statement

The aim of this consultation (run from 29 January 2009 to 23 April 2009) was to seek a wide range of views on proposed changes to the Code for Crown Prosecutors. There were two documents: a covering consultation paper with key questions inviting comments and contact points for a response; and the draft Code for Crown Prosecutors. The Code for Crown Prosecutors is subject to regular review and was last revised in 2004. The Code for Crown Prosecutors provides guidance on the general principles to be applied by Crown Prosecutors when making decisions about prosecutions.