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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

Consultations on the CPS public policy statements on Crimes against Disabled People, offences involving hostility on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity and Racially and Religiously Aggravated Hate Crime

We are publishing revised public policy statements on offences involving hostility on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity and Racially and Religiously Aggravated Hate Crime. We are also publishing the first public policy statement on Crimes Against Disabled People. These statements comprehensively set out how we approach these crimes.

We are publishing these statements because we want victims and witnesses and their families and communities, as well as the general public, to be confident that we understand the serious nature of these crimes. The policy statements acknowledge the damaging and wide ranging effects of racially and religiously aggravated hate crimes, homophobic and transphobic hate crimes and crimes against disabled people on individuals and wider communities.

These are three separate public policy statements and therefore three separate consultations.

We welcome your comments by midnight on 9 January 2017.

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

Consultation on Interim Revised CPS Guidelines on Prosecuting Social Media Cases - Summary of Responses

This is a summary of responses to the public consultation undertaken by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) on the revised Guidelines on prosecuting cases involving communications sent via social media.

We decided to refresh the Guidelines, to reflect a number of recent legal and social developments and to clarify various aspects of the Guidelines. We launched a ten week public consultation on the revised Guidelines on 3 March 2016.

In light of the responses received, we have made a significant number of further changes to the Guidelines, including six new sections or subsections on:

  • Overlapping hate crime.
  • Vulnerable and intimidated witnesses.
  • Community impact statements.
  • Reporting and preventing abuse on social media.
  • Obtaining social media evidence.
  • Jurisdiction.

The consultation response can be accessed below:

Summary of Responses to the Consultation on Interim Revised CPS Guidelines on Prosecuting Social Media Cases

Public consultation on CPS Equality and Diversity Objectives 2015-2018 - summary of responses

The Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) requires public bodies to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations between different people when carrying out their activities.

The Equality and Diversity Objectives 2015-2018 outline our commitments in response to the legal requirements defined in the Equality Act 2010.

This is the summary of responses we received to this consutation.

The new Equality and Diversity objectives for 2015-18 were published following this consultation.

The consultation closed on 9 July 2014

We took account of the responses to the coonsultation before publishing the new objectives.

The consultation response can be accessed below:

Equality and Diversity Objectives 2015-18 Consultation response

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

CURRENT CONSULTATIONS

There are no current consultations

EXPIRED CONSULTATIONS

There are no expired consultations

CONSULTATION OUTCOMES

Hate Crime

Sexual Crime

Transport Crime

CURRENT CONSULTATIONS

There are no current Transport Crime consultations

EXPIRED CONSULTATIONS

There are no expired Transport Crime consultations

CONSULTATION OUTCOMES

Victims and Witnesses