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The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is the main prosecuting authority in England and Wales. In our daily operations we work in partnership with all agencies in the criminal justice system. We work especially closely with the police, although we are independent of them.

CPS East of England MapThe CPS has 14 Areas across England and Wales. CPS East of England consists of the counties of Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk.

Chief Crown Prosecutor Frank Ferguson is the head of CPS East of England and he is supported by Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor Carly Hall, who has responsibility for the Crown Court and Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit. Susan Stovell is the Area Business Manager who has responsibility for Business and Operational Delivery functions across the region.

We currently employ 290 members of staff which consists of lawyers, paralegals and administrators. The majority of our staff are based in our headquarters in Chelmsford; we also have staff based in Norwich at Carmelite House and in Ipswich at the Crown Court.

The Area is supported by a Business Centre which houses a team of specialists in the fields of performance, finance, human resources, communications and inclusion.

Frank Ferguson, Chief Crown Prosecutor

Frank, a barrister, joined the CPS in 1992 as a legal trainee in the Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Area. He then became a Higher Courts Advocate and Unit Head in Norwich, before moving to CPS Direct between 2004 and 2006 as a legal manager.

He was Chief Crown Prosecutor in Cambridgeshire from 2010 and subsequently became the single Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for the East of England.

Following this, Frank was Deputy Head in the Specialist Fraud Division with responsibility for London, before moving to the Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division as Head of Special Crime and then to CPS South East as Chief Crown Prosecutor in November 2018. He returned to the East of England as CCP in May 2021.

Frank has led national projects, such as the implementation of the Speaking to Witnesses at Court Guidance and is the national lead for organised immigration crime. He represents the UK at the recently formed Council of Europe Network of Prosecutors on Migrant Smuggling.

Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor: Carly Hall

DCCP Carly Hall has responsibility for the Crown Court and Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Units.

Carly Hall joined the CPS in 2004, initially working in Hertfordshire CPS. Carly then moved to London CPS in 2005 working on a combined Magistrates' and Crown Court Unit before progressing to the London RASSO team when it was established in 2010 working on a number of high-profile cases including Operation Yewtree. 

In 2014 Carly was promoted to Specialist Prosecutor and moved to the Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division attached to Counter Terrorism Unit before moving to the ARU in 2016.  

Following a promotion to DCP Carly moved to the East of England Area as part of the Magistrates' Court Unit before progressing to the Crown Court team to run the Essex Trials Unit in 2018.

In December 2020 Carly was promoted to SDCP initially as Unit Head for Magistrates' Court team before moving to the Crown Court Unit in September 2021. Since 3 January 2023, Carly has been the temporary DCCP for the Crown Court and RASSO Units.

Area Business Manager: Susan Stovell

Susan joined the CPS in 1986 and worked across a range of roles including finance, personnel and accommodation within the London North Area. In 1992 Susan moved to the HQ Directorate in CPS Headquarters working within specialist fields including pay strategy and negotiations, appraisal, policy and operations.

In 2003, Susan joined the East of England Area and is now the Area Business Manager with responsibilities for both strategic and operational performance.

Our Magistrates’ Court Unit prosecutes offences of domestic violence, assaults, criminal damage, minor public disorder incidents, some traffic offences, possession of drugs, dangerous dog offences, offences of dishonesty and commercial burglaries.

The list is not exhaustive but generally comprises of any offence where the maximum permitted sentence for each offence does not exceed six months imprisonment or one year if two or more relevant offences are to be considered. 

The Crown Court Unit deals with cases such as murder, robbery, serious assaults, dwelling house burglaries, complex fraud, the supply and trafficking of drugs, and the most serious road traffic offences - especially those that result in a fatality.

The Complex Casework Unit (CCU) is responsible for the largest and most complex cases in the Area. Its casework typically arises from serious and organised crime which is often cross border, particularly drugs importation and distribution, money laundering and modern slavery. The CCU also undertakes large scale child abuse cases, complex homicide and fraud.

The Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit is a dedicated and specialised team which prosecutes cases such as rape, serious sexual offences, child abuse and child sexual exploitation. The staff on the unit all have a great deal of understanding of the sensitivities of prosecuting cases of this nature and how difficult and harrowing it can be for a complainant from the first step of making a complaint to the police, through to giving evidence in a trial.

Working with you

We welcome feedback about the service we provide. It is an important part of helping us to continue to improve what we do and how we do it. We have two Local Scrutiny and Involvement Panels (LSIPs) with representatives from each of the four counties in the East of England Area. The community representatives look at our work and policies and give us their views and ideas on how we can do things better. The panel meetings also give us an opportunity to explain the work that we do to those representatives of our local communities.

One LSIP is responsible for looking at Hate Crime and one for looking at Violence Against Women and girls (VAWG). Each LSIP has an important role in helping us to improve how we prosecute cases and the services we provide to victims and witnesses. The LSIP is made up of volunteers who act as our 'critical friends'.

We ask the panel what we're doing well, what we can do better and ask for their comments and ideas of how we can improve our work. We consult them about how we can increase confidence within our local communities.

It is a two-way process. The panel members tell us about any areas of concern that local people have about crime and criminal justice and we explain about specific aspects of the work that we do. The aim is for local communities to have more of an understanding of what we do and more of a say in what we do.

Victims and witnesses

We are committed to dealing with Victims and Witnesses with respect. We understand being a victim and or witness of crime can be difficult and are sensitive to how vulnerable some may feel due to their experiences. We will ensure that they are dealt with in a professional and courteous manner. We will listen to their needs and support them through the process so that they can give their best evidence at court.

CPS East of England is committed to ensuring that we are renowned for our professionalism, and that we are delivering justice to all members of our communities. We want communities to continue to have confidence in their local justice system, to believe their interests are fairly represented and justice is seen to be done.

Victims’ Right to Review 

The VRR scheme makes it easier for victims to seek a review of a CPS decision not to bring charges or to terminate proceedings.

If you are a victim seeking to exercise your right to request a review of a CPS decision not to bring charges, discontinue proceedings or offer no evidence in a case please go to our Victims' Right to Review page.

East of England contact point for Victims' Right to Review enquiries:

Telephone: 01603 693136

CPS East of England contact details

Chelmsford office:

County House
100 New London Road
DX 139160 Chelmsford 11

Telephone: 01245 455800

Norwich office:

Carmelite House
St James' Court

Telephone: 01603 693000

Area email address for members of the public:

Contact Information for the defence

Please note that these email addresses are not accessible to the public - they are secure addresses for use in the criminal justice system.

News Centre

For local and regional media enquiries please contact:

Area Communications Manager
Gillian Andrews
Telephone: 01245 455027
Mobile: 07789 420214

If you are a member of the national media, please call the CPS Press Office on 020 3357 0906 or email

Out of hours: 020 3357 0913 for emergency media queries only.

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