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A public consultation on the new Core Quality Standards issued by the Director of Public Prosecutions

The consultation process

The purpose of this consultation is to seek a wide range of views on the Director of Public Prosecution's (DPP's) recently published Core Quality Standards.

We welcome your comments.

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Questions for consultation

Aside from requesting general comments we are seeking comments on the twelve Core Quality Standards.

If you are replying by email, we should be grateful if you would not attach any other document to the consultation paper. There are limits on the size of documents that we are able to accept and any completed consultation document which has an attachment runs the risk of not being delivered. If you wish to send an attachment to us, please write to us separately at the email address in this policy.

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Easy read version

The Core Quality Standards consultation is available in easy read format.

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How to respond

Both written and electronic responses to the consultation are acceptable.

Please include your name, organisation (if applicable), postal address and email address.

Closing date for responses: Monday 18 January 2010

Responses can be sent by post to:

Core Quality Standards Team
Crown Prosecution Service Headquarters - 6th floor
50 Ludgate Hill

or by email to:

Alternative formats

If you require a copy of this Consultation Paper in any other format, for example, audio or large print, please contact the postal address above.

Next steps

We will consider every individual response received. A summary of the consultation responses will be published on the CPS website in accordance with the Government's guidelines.

Responses: Confidentiality and disclaimer

The information you send us may be passed to colleagues within the CPS, the Government or related agencies. Furthermore, information provided in response to this consultation, including personal information, may be published or disclosed in accordance with the access to information legislation including the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

If you want the information that you provide to be treated as confidential, please be aware that, under FOIA, there is a statutory Code of Practice with which public authorities must comply and which deals, amongst other things, with obligations of confidence. In view of this it would be helpful if you could briefly explain to us why you regard the information you have provided as confidential. If we receive a request for disclosure of the information we will take full account of your explanation, but we cannot give an assurance that confidentiality can be maintained in all circumstances. An automatic confidentiality disclaimer generated by your IT system will not be regarded as binding on the CPS.

Please ensure your response is marked clearly if you wish your response and name to be kept confidential. Confidential responses will be included in any statistical summary of numbers of comments received and views expressed. The CPS will process your personal data in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 – in the majority of circumstances this will mean that your personal data will not be disclosed to third parties.

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Welsh language documents

Closing date for responses to Welsh language version: Sunday 7 February 2010.

Please see above for details on how to respond.

The following consultation documents are available in Welsh language:

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