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Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Reports

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Operation Platon Final Report - A review of the potential for DNA analysis changes to affect the safety of convictions in cases prior to December 1990

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This final report on the review conducted under the name Operation Platon is a result of a multi-agency collaboration following an uncontested appeal in the case of Sean Hodgson.

The Strategic Steering Group comprised of representatives from the National DNA Database Strategy Board, the National Offender Management Service, the Criminal Cases Review Commission, the Home Office, the Attorney General's Office, the ACPO Homicide Working Group and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). The project itself was led by the CPS.

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Available to download as Adobe Acrobat PDF.
Operation Platon Final Report - A review of the potential for DNA analysis changes to affect the safety of convictions in cases prior to December 1990

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CPS Victim and Witness Satisfaction Survey - September 2015

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This survey was commissioned by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) as part of its strategic objective to ensure that its service to victims and witnesses is central to everything it does.

The survey sought to gather the views of victims and witnesses on their experience of the service they received from the CPS during a criminal case in which they were involved. As well as seeking information about the type of case and its outcome, the survey covered the victim's or witness's overall satisfaction levels and views on different stages of the prosecution process.

The Action Plan outlines actions that the CPS intends to take following on from the survey, both internally and across the criminal justice system.

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Available to download as Adobe Acrobat PDF.
CPS Victim and Witness Satisfaction Survey - September 2015

Victim and Witness Satisfaction Survey Action Plan - September 2015

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Under the spotlight: perverting the course of justice and wasting police time in cases involving allegedly false rape and domestic violence allegations - March 2013

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The report, which examines a 17-month period, shows that false allegations of rape and domestic violence are perhaps more rare than previously thought, and that in only a very small number of cases was it considered that there was sufficient evidence and that it was in the public interest to prosecute a person suspected of making a false allegation of rape or domestic violence.

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Available to download as Adobe Acrobat PDF.
Under the spotlight: perverting the course of justice and wasting police time in cases involving allegedly false rape and domestic violence allegations

Under the spotlight: perverting the course of justice and wasting police time in cases involving allegedly false rape and domestic violence allegations - CSV files of tables

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Special measures for vulnerable and intimidated witnesses: research exploring the decisions and actions taken by prosecutors in a sample of CPS case files

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Report presenting the findings and recommendations from a CPS research study on special measures. The study identifies areas where improvements might be made when prosecutors consider potential special measures applications. Its findings are based on a review of 74 CPS case files and a criminal justice practitioner workshop. Published in August 2012.

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Available as Adobe Acrobat PDF (approx 1.2 mb)
Special measures research findings

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CPS reports from the Civil Service People Surveys

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This page contains the full reports of the Crown Prosecution Service's (CPS) results from the cross-Government Civil Service People Surveys. The full CPS results for al surveys can be seen in the CPS highlights reports.

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Available in this section
CPS reports from the Civil Service People Surveys

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CPS Capability Review and Action Plan 2012

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The Crown Prosecution Service has published its latest Capability Review and action plan. The review, which is based on a self assessment, is intended to measure the CPS' capability in three broad areas: leadership, strategy and delivery. The Cabinet Office-led Capability Reviews are designed to improve the capability of the Civil Service, enabling us to meet today’s challenges and prepare for those of tomorrow.

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Available to download as Adobe Acrobat PDF.
CPS Capability Review and Action Plan 2012

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Prosecution of offenders with mental health problems or learning disabilities

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This report presents the findings from the research the CPS has completed into its role in cases involving offenders with mental health problems or learning disabilities. Seven recommendations designed to provide the basis for further consideration and action on behalf of the CPS are proposed.

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Available online in this section
Prosecution of offenders with mental health problems or learning disabilities

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A Review of the CPS Policy and Guidance to Prosecutors on the Sexual Transmission of Infection - One Year On

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The CPS policy and legal guidance to prosecutors on the sexual transmission of infection has proved to be broadly effective during the first 12 months following its publication. Cases involving the intentional or reckless transmission of infection will continue to be referred to the PLA and the CPS will continue to monitor these cases.

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Available online in this section
A Review of the CPS Policy and Guidance to Prosecutors on the Sexual Transmission of Infection - One Year On

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Research into CPS decision-making in cases involving victims and key witnesses with mental health problems and/or learning disabilities

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Research into CPS decision-making in cases involving victims and key witnesses with mental health problems and/or learning disabilities by Vanessa Lee and Corrine Charles of the Crown Prosecution Service Policy Directorate Research Team. Published December 2008.

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Available to download as Adobe Acrobat PDF.
Research into CPS decision-making in cases involving victims and key witnesses with mental health problems and/or learning disabilities

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Findings and recommendations from the CPS pilot on forced marriage and so-called 'honour' crime

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Findings from the CPS pilot on forced marriage and so-called 'honour' crime, and recommendations on future work. Published December 2008.

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Available to download as Adobe Acrobat PDF.
Findings from the CPS pilot on forced marriage and so-called 'honour' crime
Recommendations on future work on forced marriage and so-called 'honour' crime

CPS responses to HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate reports

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CPS Response to HMCPSI Area Assurance Inspection of CPS North East

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Her Majesty's Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) has today [15 August 2017] issued a report following its inspection of the performance of CPS North East. This is the CPS response to that report.

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Available to download as Adobe Acrobat PDF.
CPS Response to HMCPSI Area Assurance Inspection of CPS North East - PDF document, approx 121kb

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CPS Response to HMCPSI Area Assurance Inspection of CPS Thames & Chiltern

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Her Majesty's Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) has today [27 July 2017] issued a report following its inspection of the performance of CPS Thames & Chiltern. This is the CPS response to that report.

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Available to download as Adobe Acrobat PDF.
CPS Response to HMCPSI Area Assurance Inspection of CPS Thames & Chiltern - PDF document, approx 113kb

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CPS Response to HMIC/HMCPSI Joint Thematic Inspection of Disclosure

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HMIC and HMCPSI have today [18 July 2017] published a joint report into how the police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) manage the disclosure of unused material in volume cases in the Crown Court.

The report acknowledges the effectiveness of the legislation underlying disclosure and the extensive guidance published by a number of agencies including the CPS to assist with its application. Although training for prosecutors is commended and considered sufficiently comprehensive and flexible to be delivered to both police officers and prosecutors, more needs to be done to demonstrate compliance.

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Available to download as Adobe Acrobat PDF.
CPS Response to HMIC/HMCPSI Joint Thematic Inspection of Disclosure - PDF document, approx 89kb

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CPS Response to HMIC/HMCPSI Joint Thematic Inspection of Harassment and Stalking Offences

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HMIC and HMCPSI have today [5 July 2017] published a report into the response of policing and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to crimes of harassment and stalking.

We are pleased the report acknowledges there is clear leadership shown at all levels by the CPS and police in relation to this type of offending; that the cases examined were mostly charged correctly and that inspectors had seen examples of prosecutors taking positive action to protect victims, with restraining orders being sought and granted in the vast majority of cases where an application was required.

We accept prosecutors need to consider the cumulative effect that a perpetrator's offending has upon the victim. We acknowledge that a failure to consider the wider history of offending can result in the under-charging of offenders, the inappropriate acceptance of pleas to lesser offences and failure to take adequate steps to protect victims.

We accept there is more that can be done to improve performance and the service that we provide to victims of these serious offences. We will work with our partners in policing and other key stakeholders to develop a comprehensive action plan, which will be monitored on a regular basis and progress reported to our senior leaders and to the inspectorate.

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Available to download as Adobe Acrobat PDF.
CPS Response to HMIC/HMCPSI Joint Thematic Inspection of Harassment and Stalking Offences - PDF document, approx 106kb

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CPS Response to HMCPSI Follow Up Inspection of 'Transforming Summary Justice'

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On 22 February 2016, Her Majesty's Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) published a report of its early inspection of 'Transforming Summary Justice' (TSJ), a programme developed and led by all criminal justice agencies to reform the way in which criminal cases are handled in the magistrates' courts.

HMCPSI has today [27 June 2017] issued a follow up report to assess the contribution of the CPS to this initiative two years from its adoption. We are pleased that the Inspectorate recognises the good work undertaken by the CPS in delivering TSJ and in implementing agreed recommendations from the previous report.

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Available to download as Adobe Acrobat PDF.
CPS Response to HMCPSI Follow Up Inspection of 'Transforming Summary Justice' - PDF document, approx 118kb

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CPS Response to HMCPSI Thematic Inspection of CMS Case Finalisations

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Her Majesty's Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) has today [23 May 2017] issued a report following its thematic inspection of the quality and timeliness of the recording of case finalisations on the CPS case management systems (CMS).

We are pleased that the Inspectorate recognises the considerable improvement in the quality of data and the integrity of the information on CMS. The report compliments CPS for the extensive training provided to administrators and welcomes its plans to provide further data quality training to all staff including prosecutors.

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Available to download as Adobe Acrobat PDF.
CPS Response to HMCPSI Thematic Inspection of CMS Case Finalisations - PDF document, approx 89kb

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CPS Response to HMCPSI Area Assurance Inspection of CPS Yorkshire and Humberside

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The Crown Prosecution Service in Yorkshire and Humberside has strong leadership and communications, works effectively with its criminal justice partners and is committed to delivering staff engagement and development according to a report published by Her Majesty's CPS Inspectorate. This is the CPS response to that report.

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Available to download as Adobe Acrobat PDF.
CPS Response to HMCPSI Area Assurance Inspection of CPS Yorkshire and Humberside - PDF document, approx 98kb

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CPS Response to HMCPSI Area Assurance Inspection of CPS Wessex

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The CPS in Wessex has strong leadership, delivers a good level of service and provides value for money, according to the report from Her Majesty's Crown Prosecutions Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI). This is the CPS response to that report.

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Available to download as Adobe Acrobat PDF.
CPS Response to HMCPSI Area Assurance Inspection of CPS Wessex - PDF document, approx 95kb

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CPS Response to HMCPSI Area Assurance Inspection of CPS East Midlands

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CPS East Midlands has extremely committed staff, works efficiently and has strong leadership, according to a report published today by Her Majesty's CPS Inspectorate. This is the CPS response to that report.

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Available to download as Adobe Acrobat PDF.
CPS Response to HMCPSI Area Assurance Inspection of CPS East Midlands - PDF document, approx 290kb

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Response to HMCPSI review of CPS contribution to the Crown Court Better Case Management (BCM) initiative

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Her Majesty's Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) has issued a report today (3 November 2016) which reviews the Crown Prosecution Service's contribution to the multi-agency Better Case Management (BCM) initiative led by the Senior Presiding Judge. This is the CPS response to that report.

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Available to download as Adobe Acrobat PDF.
Response to HMCPSI review of CPS contribution to the Crown Court Better Case Management (BCM) initiative - PDF document, approx 205kb

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Response to HMCPSI Area Assurance Inspection of CPS Cymru-Wales

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Her Majesty's Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) has today issued a report (17 August 2016) following its inspection of the performance of CPS Cymru-Wales. The Area was assessed in relation to the Governance and the Value for Money that it provides to the public, and was rated as 'Good'. In relation to its Casework Quality and its standard of delivery for victims, witnesses and other service users, the Area was rated as 'Fair'.

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Available to download as Adobe Acrobat PDF.
CPS Response to HMCPSI Area Assurance Inspection of CPS Cymru-Wales - PDF document, approx 395kb

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Response to HMCPSI and HMIC Joint Report on Effectiveness of Digital Systems

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Her Majesty's Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary have today issued a report (13 April 2016) following their joint Inspection of the effectiveness of digital systems used to prepare and present cases in the Criminal Justice System.

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Available to download as Adobe Acrobat PDF.
CPS Response to HMCPSI and HMIC Joint Report on Effectiveness of Digital Systems - PDF document, approx 31kb

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Response to HMCPSI Report on on Transforming Summary Justice

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Her Majesty's Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) has issued a report today (22 February 2016) which reviews the Crown Prosecution Service's contribution to the multi-agency Transforming Summary Justice initiative (TSJ). This is the CPS response to that report.

Format

Available to download as Adobe Acrobat PDF.
CPS Response to HMCPSI Report on on Transforming Summary Justice - PDF document, approx 288kb

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Response to HMCPSI Thematic Report on Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO) Units

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The CPS has today (2 February 2016) published its response to the HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate report which reviews the Crown Prosecution Service's handling of rape and serious sexual offences (RASSO)

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Available to download as Adobe Acrobat PDF.
CPS Response to HMCPSI Thematic Report on Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO) Units - PDF document, approx 1mb

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Response to HMCPSI Report on Communicating with Victims

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The CPS has today (13 January 2016) published its response to the HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate report Communicating with Victims

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Available to download as Adobe Acrobat PDF.
CPS Response to HMCPSI Report on Communicating with Victims - PDF document, approx 53kb