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We want to hear your views about our prosecution policy. You can help us to be better informed, fairer and more representative by participating in our consultations.

Latest Consultations

Public consultation on the new Casework Quality Standards

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has issued new Casework Quality Standards . These new standards replace the existing standards relating to casework and seek to cover the key aspects of casework from advice to presentation; placing greater emphasis on ‘core quality’ – the quality that should be at the heart of the work that everyone in the CPS performs.The purpose of this consultation is to seek a range of views on the new Casework Quality Standards .

We want to know what you think. Closing date: 27 June 2014.

Public consultation on the interim guidance on the public interest in prosecuting non-recent cases where a nominal penalty is the likely outcome

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has set out interim guidance on the public interest in prosecuting non-recent cases where a nominal penalty is the likely outcome. The purpose of this consultation is to seek a range of views on the interim guidelines.

We want to know what you think. Closing date: 24 April 2014.

How to respond to consultations

  1. Visit the consultation page
  2. Read the consultation documents
  3. You can respond to the consultation in writing or by email
  4. There may be a consultation response sheet to download and complete
  5. Send your response to the email address or post address listed on the consultation page
  6. Make sure you submit your response by the closing date

Latest consultation outcomes

Deferred Prosecution Agreements

The Director of Public Prosecutions and the Director of the Serious Fraud Office published, in June 2013 for consultation, a draft Code of Practice explaining how they intend to use the new Deferred Prosecution Agreements, when they come into force on 24 February 2014. The information about the consultation is available on the Serious Fraud Office website. The consultation closed in September 2013.

As a result of comments received, a number of changes were made to the text of the Code.

The revised Code of Practice and the Consultation response can be accessed below:

Code of Practice

Consultation response

Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs) involve companies reaching an agreement with a prosecutor, where the company is charged with a criminal offence but proceedings are automatically suspended. The company agrees to a number of conditions, which may include payment of a financial penalty, payment of compensation and implementation of a corporate compliance programme. DPAs may be used for fraud, bribery and economic crime.

Guidelines on prosecuting cases of Child Sexual Abuse

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has published final guidelines on prosecuting cases of Child Sexual Abuse. This follows a public consultation on the interim guidelines which was launched on 11 June 2013. The guidelines are designed to give clear advice to prosecutors and ensure a consistency of approach across the CPS in the handling of these cases.

The final guidelines adopt broadly the same approach as the interim guidelines but they have been amended in some sections to reflect views and comments received during the consultation process. A summary of responses to the consultation has also been published.

The guidelines come into immediate effect.

The guidelines and summary of responses were published on 17 October 2013.

The guidelines (approx 159kb) and summary of responses (approx 180kb) are also available in PDF format.

CPS responses to consultations

Ministry of Justice consultation: Transforming legal aid - delivering a more credible and efficient system

The CPS response focuses on the conultation's proposals in respect of criminal legal aid only, where the CPS has an interest.

CPS response to MoJ consultation on reforming legal aid (approx 26.8kb)

Consultation Categories

Crimes against the person

Other

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Hate Crime

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Sexual Crime

Transport Crime

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There are no current Transport Crime consultations

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Victims and Witnesses