Articles and Speeches
Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions
Speech by Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions
The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, discusses the interim guidelines for prosecutors on cases involving communications via social media.
The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, discusses the progress made after four years of the CPS strategy on Violence against Women and Girls.
Speech by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC.
Speech by Nick Hawkins, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Wessex, to the University of Portsmouth on 28 March 2012.
Speech on the prosecution of rape and serious sexual offences by Alison Saunders, Chief Crown Prosecutor for London
The purpose of today's talk is to start a debate about how we in society view the offence of rape and whether we bring our conscious or subconscious views and stereotypes to our consideration of it. Rape is a serious crime and one in which there have been a number of reports and recommendations over the years looking at how we improve the way in which these cases go through the Criminal Justice System. It is surprising when looking back that it was only in 1991 that the law was clarified to recognise rape could be committed within a marriage. Before then a husband could rape his wife with impunity. It is also not that long ago that we did not have rape specialists either investigating or prosecuting these cases and victim care was awful.
Thank you for inviting me to speak to you this evening. I would like to tell you something about the challenges the Crown Prosecution Service is currently facing and what we are doing about them.
Domestic Violence: the facts, the issues, the future - Speech by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC
Domestic violence is serious and pernicious. It ruins lives, breaks up families and has a lasting impact. It is criminal. And it has been with us for a very long time. Yet it is only in the last ten years that it has been taken seriously as a criminal justice issue. Before that the vast majority of cases were brushed under the carpet with the refrain "it's just a domestic".
I have been asked to tell you a little bit about what the CPS is doing to save money and promote efficiency in light of the Spending Review.