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DPP - John Harris Memorial Lecture

Speech from Alison Saunders, DPP, on developments in technology and society, and addressing terrorism, fraud and mental health issues.


Thirty years of the CPS - Law Society Gazette article by Alison Saunders, DPP

The CPS has come a long way since 1986, and our commitment to delivering justice is stronger than ever.


Children and young people as witnesses - Alison Saunders, DPP

St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre annual conference speech


Prosecuting crime for the public we serve and reflect

Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders, on the link between diversity and inclusion and delivering a better service. Originally published on the Civil Service Blog.


Sexual consent is simple. We should all be clear on what constitutes rape, by Alison Saunders, DPP

Consent Is... beautiful, it is enthusiasm, it is free choice, it is mutual. It is NOT assumed, NOT a right of marriage, NOT in the clothes you wear.



The Crown Prosecution Service has launched a social media campaign to get people talking about consent to sex within the context of sexual assault and rape.


Alison Saunders: Some violence is targeted at women and girls - we can't ignore that

As director of public prosecutions, I have made it absolutely clear that my focus is on improving the experience of criminal justice for victims - all victims. I do not differentiate in our treatment of victims - male or female, adult or child, current or non-recent. But what is also clear is that some offending is based on gender. Violence against women and girls (VaWG) is recognised worldwide and by the UK government as a form of offending where gender really does play a part.


Violence Against Women and Girls - DPP speech to Women's Aid, July 1, 2015

Good afternoon. It's a pleasure to be here - particularly as I can talk to you about welcome news of significant improvements in the prosecution of violence against women and girls cases.


Speaking to witnesses at court - DPP, Counsel magazine, March 2015

Last month I announced new proposals to better assist victims and witnesses called to court to give evidence in criminal trials.


Supporting vulnerable witnesses through the Criminal Justice Process - 26 Feb 2015

Speech by Alison Saunders, Director of Public Prosecutions, St. Mary's Centre 13th Annual Conference 2015