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National protocols and agreements with other agencies

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Honour-Based Violence and Forced Marriage Protocol

Description

The CPS and police have published the first ever joint honour-based violence and forced marriage protocol outlining their commitment to the successful investigation and prosecution of these crimes.

The protocol highlights the unique complexities of these cases and the barriers victims face in coming forward to report. For example the potential that these crimes may not only be committed by family members but also by those who are part of the wider community. Rather than families and communities protecting the victim, they will often protect the perpetrator. The protocol emphasises the importance for multi-agency working and engagement with specialist third sector organisations.

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
Honour-Based Violence and Forced Marriage Protocol - PDF document, approx 160kb

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Serious Crime Prevention Orders - Memorandum of Understanding

Description

This Memorandum of Understanding between the Crown Prosecution Service, the Food Standards Agency, the Insolvency Service, the Financial Conduct Authority, Natural Resources Wales, the Competition and Markets Authority and the Environment Agency is to establish a robust operational process between the agencies, to enable the CPS to apply for SCPOs on behalf of these prosecuting authorities.

Updated October 2017

Format

Available to download as a Microsoft Word document
Serious Crime Prevention Orders - Memorandum of Understanding - Word document, approx 859kb


Serious Crime Prevention Orders - Memorandum of Understanding - .odt document, approx 831kb

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Agreement between the Crown Prosecution Service, the National Police Chiefs' Council, the Chief Coroner and the Coroners' Society of England and Wales (2016)

Description

This document sets out an agreement between the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC), the Chief Coroner and the Coroners' Society of England and Wales (CSEW). This agreement establishes a common understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the CPS, police, and coroners where an investigation gives rise to a suspicion that a serious criminal offence (other than a health and safety or regulatory offence1) may have caused a death; sets out good practice on the communication between CPS, NPCC and coroners, and the bereaved family/next of kin; and ensures that coroners will be kept informed of the progress made during the various outcomes of a criminal investigation.

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with coroners and the police, 2016 - PDF document, approx 176kb

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Agreement for working on human trafficking cases between UK Prosecution Services

Description

Agreement (prosecutor commitment and supporting statement) between the DPP, the Lord Advocate for Scotland and the DPP for Northern Ireland to work collaboratively in the prosecution of cases of human trafficking and slavery

This document sets out the Commitments for the Prosecuting Authorities, with a Supporting Statement outlining how the commitments will be achieved.

Format

Available to download - Adobe PDF document, approx 80kb
Download Agreement (prosecutor commitment and supporting statement) for working on human trafficking cases between UK Prosecution Services - Adobe PDF document, approx 80kb

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CPS Contact Details for Defence Practitioners by CPS Area

Description

This document provides a list of CPS contact details for defence providers. It shows each of the 13 Areas and the group mail boxes to be used for Magistrates and Crown Court correspondence, with group mail box addresses for specific teams with the Area. Group e-mail boxes are seen as good practice as they are regularly accessed and managed.

All e-mail addresses end in suffix CJSM.net, so defence firms can be confident the e-mail is being sent securely if a CJSM e-mail address is used to compose and send the e-mail.

Please note that these are secure email contact details for the use of defence solicitors ONLY. Emails to these addresses from other correspondents will be rejected by the secure system.

Last updated December 2015.

Format

Available to download - Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, approx 31kb
CPS Contact details for Defence Practitioners by CPS Area (Excel spreadsheet, approx 31kb)

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Reading Victim Personal Statements in Court Protocol

Description

The purpose of this protocol is to set out the working arrangements between the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) and the Witness Service for the reading of Victim Personal Statements (VPS) in Criminal Proceedings.

The working arrangements are deigned to comply with the duties on service providers as set out in the Code of Practice for Victims and have been endorsed by the Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales.

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
Protocol for Reading Victim Personal Statements in Court (PDF document, approx. 219kb)

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Agreement on the Handling of incidents falling under both criminal an football regulatory jurisdiction

Description

Agreement between the Crown Prosecution Service, Association of Chief Police Officers, the Football Association and the Football Association of Wales on the handling of incidents falling under both criminal and football regulatory jurisdiction. Dated 02 September 2015.

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
Agreement on the Handling of incidents falling under both criminal an football regulatory jurisdiction - PDF (approx 466kb)

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Transforming Summary Justice

Description

A cross-Criminal Justice System initiative to improve how cases are handled by magistrates' courts, resulting in reduced delay, fewer hearings and more effective trials.

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF or to view as a web page in this section
Introduction to Transforming Summary Justice - PDF (May 2015) (approx 71kb)
Introduction to Transforming Summary Justice (May 2015)

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The appropriate handling of crimes in prisons: Protocol between the National Offender Management Service, the Association of Chief Police Officers and the Crown Prosecution Service, 26 February 2015

Description

This protocol, agreed by the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), sets out the principles relating to the referral, investigation and prosecution of crimes committed in prisons. It applies to all prison and YOI establishments and to Immigration Removal Centres operated by NOMS and covers crimes committed in prison by any person including by prisoners, staff, social and professional visitors and contractors.

The protocol aims to ensure that acts of criminality within prisons are properly addressed where the prison determines that the internal discipline process is insufficient and where the circumstances indicate that criminal prosecution is appropriate.

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
A protocol between NOMS, ACPO and the CPS on the appropriate handling of crimes in prisons - PDF (26 February 2015) (approx 237 kb)

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A protocol between the Association of Chief Police Officers, the Crown Prosecution Service and Her Majesty's Courts & Tribunals Service to expedite cases involving witnesses under 10 Years (January 2015)

Description

This protocol details the working arrangements between the police, the CPS and HMCTS to expedite cases involving very young witnesses to:

a) maximise the opportunity for them to provide their best evidence
b) minimise the stress and emotional impact of the Criminal Justice process.

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
A protocol between the Association of Chief Police Officers, the Crown Prosecution Service and Her Majesty's Courts & Tribunals Service to expedite cases involving witnesses under 10 Years - PDF (January 2015) (approx 600 kb)

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ACPO-CPS protocol on the investigation and prosecution of allegations of rape, January 2015

Description

This joint protocol between the Crown Prosecution Service and the Association of Chief Police Officers, published on 8 January 2015, sets out how both organisations will deal with all rape cases from the initial complaint to after the verdict in a trial.

Updated version 2.1 published June 2015

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
ACPO-CPS protocol on the investigation and prosecution of allegations of rape, January 2015 - PDF (approx 159kb). Update version 2.1 published June 2015

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Joint Protocol on the Appropriate Handling of Stalking Offences

Description

This Joint protocol between the Crown Prosecution Service and the Association of Chief Police Officers, published on 11 September 2014, sets out the principles governing the investigation and prosecution of stalking offences under sections 2A and 4A of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 (PHA 1997) and covers all forms of stalking.

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
Joint Protocol on the Appropriate Handling of Stalking Offences - PDF (approx 282kb)

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Action plan on human trafficking and slavery

Description

Action plan agreed at a meeting held by the Director of Public Prosecutions on 4 December 2013 on Human Trafficking and Slavery. The meeting was attended by CPS, Home Office, voluntary sector and police representatives.

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
Human trafficking and slavery action plan - PDF (approx 111kb)

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2013 Protocol and good practice model ("2013 Protocol"): Disclosure of information in cases of alleged child abuse and linked criminal and care directions hearings

Description

The 2013 Protocol and Good Practice Model: Disclosure of information in cases of alleged child abuse and linked criminal and care directions hearings (2013 protocol) covers all aspects of information exchange from the Local Authority and the Family Court to the police and CPS and vice versa. The 2013 protocol applies to all cases of alleged child abuse (sexual and non-sexual abuse). The 2013 protocol ensures that disclosure takes place from the outset of the investigation to the maximum extent permitted and required by law.

The President of the Family Division and the Senior Presiding Judge are signatories to the 2013 protocol. The 2013 protocol includes arrangements for the joint management of concurrent criminal and care proceedings by the courts.

The 2013 protocol is effective from 1 January 2014, and CPS Areas should draw up local protocols with Local Authorities, police forces and their local judiciary as soon as possible.

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
2013 Protocol and good practice model ("2013 Protocol") - PDF
2013 Protocol and good practice model - Welsh ("2013 Protocol") - PDF

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Joint working agreement on tackling forced labour between CPS, ACPO, UKBA and the GLA

Description

This agreement on tackling forced labour outlines the best practice for joint working between the Police Service, the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA), the UK Border Agency (UKBA) and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in England and Wales. It also provides a basis for local agreements if required.

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
Joint Working Agreement between CPS, ACPO, UKBA and the GLA - PDF

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Joint Guidance and Memorandum of Understanding issued by CPS and IPCC

Description

New guidance has been issued for Independent Police Complaints Commission investigators and CPS prosecutors dealing with the advice process on IPCC investigations. An MoU has also been agreed between the departments.

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
Joint guidance issued by the CPS and the Independent Police Complaints Commission - PDF
Memorandum of Understanding agreed between the CPS and the Independent Police Complaints Commission - PDF

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CPS Direct Communication with Victims: CPS/ACPO National Framework for Local Protocols

Description

A national framework to assist in the development of local arrangements between the police and CPS for the provision of information to victims of significant developments in cases.

Format

Available online in this section
CPS Direct Communication with Victims: CPS/ACPO National Framework for Local Protocols

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Memorandum of Understanding between the CPS and the Institute of Legal Executives

Description

The Memorandum of Understanding between the Crown Prosecution Service and the Institute of Legal Executives sets out the arrangements for CPS Associate Prosecutors to become members of the Institute and the respective roles and responsibilities of the CPS and the Institute in the administration of the scheme.

Format

Available online in this section and also to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
Memorandum of Understanding between the CPS and the Institute of Legal Executives
Memorandum of Understanding between the CPS and the Institute of Legal Executives - PDF

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War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

Description

Agreement between the Crimes against Humanity Unit of SO15 in the Metropolitan Police (SO15) and the Counter Terrorism Division of the Crown Prosecution Service (CTD) in relation to allegations of War Crimes and/or Crimes against Humanity.

Format

Available online in this section
War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

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Domestic Violence Protocols

Description

Protocols regarding cases of Domestic Violence.

Format

Available online in this section
Domestic Violence Protocols

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Bar/CPS Standard for Communication between Victim, Witness and the Prosecuting Advocate

Description

The Bar/CPS Standard for Communication between Victim, Witness and the Prosecuting Advocate, published in February 2006, encourages engagement between the prosecutor and victim groups and witnesses during the court process. Developed through partnership with the Bar and Law Society together with other interested parties, it underlines the principles contained in the Attorney General's Guidelines on the Acceptance of Pleas and the Prosecution Role in the Sentencing Exercise 2005. It contributes towards the CPS delivery of the Prosecutors' Pledge.

Format

Available online in this section and also to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
Bar/CPS Standard for Communication between Victim, Witness and the Prosecuting Advocate
Bar/CPS Standard for Communication between Victim, Witness and the Prosecuting Advocate - PDF

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Publicity and the Criminal Justice System

Description

Protocol for working together: Chief Police Officers, Chief Crown Prosecutors and the Media.

Format

Available online in this section
Publicity and the Criminal Justice System

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Memorandum of Understanding between the CPS and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) concerning Section 46 Sexual Offences Act 2003

Description

This Memorandum of Understanding between the CPS and ACPO has been drafted in accordance with domestic and European law and acknowledges those professionally involved in the management, operation or use of networks and services to be re-assured of protection where they are acting to combat the creation and distribution of images of child abuse.

Format

Available online in this section and to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
MoU between CPS and ACPO on Section 46 Sexual Offences Act 2003
MoU between CPS and ACPO on Section 46 Sexual Offences Act 2003 - PDF

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Investigation And Prosecution Of Child Abuse Cases

Description

A protocol on sharing information between agencies in child protection investigations and prosecutions.

Format

Available online in this section and also to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
Investigation And Prosecution Of Child Abuse Cases
Investigation And Prosecution Of Child Abuse Cases - PDF

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The Prosecutors Convention

Description

A convention between prosecuting authorities to provide arrangements for ensuring effective co-ordination of decision making and handling in related cases which are the responsibility of different authorities.

Format

Available online in the Legal Guidance section
The Prosecutors Convention

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Work-Related Deaths: A protocol for liaison

Description

This is an agreement concerning liaison from investigation through to prosecution between the Health and Safety Executive, ACPO, CPS, British Transport Police, Office of Rail Regulation, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Fire and Rescue Services (through their professional body, the Chief Fire Officers' Association) and local authorities through their representative bodies, the Local Government Association and the Welsh Local Government Association. It is available from the Health and Safety Executive's website.

The 'Work-Related Deaths Protocol: Practical guide', to assist the police, enforcing authorities and prosecutors in the joint investigation, and where applicable the prosecution, of cases in relation to deaths in the workplace, is also available from the HSE website.

Format

Available online on the Health and Safety Executive website
Work-Related Deaths : A protocol for liaison - available from the Health and Safety Executive website

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Service Level Agreement concerning the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

Description

An agreement between the CPS and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) concerning implementation of the Act.

Format

Available online in this section and also to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
Service Level Agreement concerning the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
Service Level Agreement concerning the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 - PDF

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Agreement on the Arrangements for the Attendance of Interpreters in Investigations and Proceedings within the Criminal Justice System

Description

Agreement provides a standardised procedure for arranging interpreters for investigations into alleged offences and for defendants and witnesses appearing in criminal proceedings in England and Wales.

Format

Available online in this section and also to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
Agreement on the Arrangements for the Attendance of Interpreters in Investigations and Proceedings within the Criminal Justice System
Agreement on the Arrangements for the Attendance of Interpreters in Investigations and Proceedings within the Criminal Justice System - PDF

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Memorandum of understanding on co-operation between the Office of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation and the Crown Prosecution Service of England and Wales

Description

The Crown Prosecution Service has published the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Deputy Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation and the Director of Public Prosecutions in London on 15 November 2006.

Format

Available online in this section
Memorandum of understanding on co-operation between the Office of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation and the Crown Prosecution Service of England and Wales

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Joint Working Agreement between the Association of Chief Police Officers, the Crown Prosecution Service and NHS Protect

Description

The purpose of the joint working agreement is to put in place a broad framework to assist local units of the three national organisations (Association of Chief Police Officers, the Crown Prosecution Service and NHS Protect) in setting up closer working arrangements to reduce the problem of violence and anti social behaviour affecting the NHS.

Format

Adobe Acrobat PDF
Joint Working Agreement between the Association of Chief Police Officers, the Crown Prosecution Service and NHS Protect