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.
Consultation on Interim Revised CPS Guidelines on Prosecuting Social Media Cases
The CPS Guidelines on prosecuting social media cases were first published as interim Guidelines in December 2012. They were consulted on and finalised Guidelines were published in June 2013.
We have decided to refresh the Guidelines, to reflect a number of recent legal and social developments and to clarify various aspects of the Guidelines.
The main revisions are:
- Additions to the section on Category 2 offences, which previously related only to harassment and stalking. The section now includes guidance on the new offences of Controlling or coercive behaviour and Revenge pornography; offences under the Sexual Offences Act 2003; and Blackmail.
- New sections on: Violence Against Women (VAWG); Hate Crime; False or offensive social media profiles; Ancillary Orders; and Victim Personal Statements.
- Greater clarity around the application of the Evidential and Public Interest stages of the Full Code Test, and Article 10 ECHR considerations.
We welcome your comments by midnight on 12 May 2016.
- Find out more about the consultation on Interim Revised CPS Guidelines on Prosecuting Social Media Cases - on this site
- Download the Interim Revised CPS Guidelines on Prosecuting Social Media Cases (Adobe PDF document - 539kb)
- Download the consultation response document (Microsoft Word document - 17kb)
How to respond to consultations
- Visit the consultation page
- Read the consultation documents
- You can respond to the consultation in writing or by email
- There may be a consultation response sheet to download and complete
- Send your response to the email address or post address listed on the consultation page
- Make sure you submit your response by the closing date