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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 Draft CPS Guidance on Speaking to Witnesses at Court

The Crown Prosecution Service is committed to giving an excellent service to all victims and witnesses who attend court as part of our overall commitment to support victims and witnesses effectively throughout their time in the criminal justice system.

The aim of this consultation is to ask for responses to the draft guidance which sets out the role played by prosecutors at or before court in ensuring that witnesses give their best evidence. This is a core part of the prosecutor's job and will, if done properly, impact positively on both the quality of the witness's evidence in court and the perception of the service they receive from the CPS.

The guidance emphasises the need to ensure that witnesses are properly assisted and know more about what to expect before they give their evidence. Prosecutors have an important role in reducing a witness's apprehension about going to court, familiarising them with the processes and procedures - which may seem alien and intimidating - and managing their expectations on what will happen whilst they are at court.

Some prosecutors may be uncertain about what they are allowed to say to witnesses. This guidance makes it clear what is expected and permissible and explains the difference between assisting a witness to be better able to deal with the rigors of giving evidence (which is permitted) and witness coaching (which is not permitted).

We want to know what you think.

This consultation closes on 16 March 2015.

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

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

On 27 February 2014, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) launched a consultation on the interim Guidance.

TThe Guidance was produced to assist prosecutors where they have to make a decision on the public interest as to whether to charge an offence which has been committed some time ago (a "non-recent" offence), where a nominal penalty is the likely outcome on conviction. The aim of the consultation was to seek the views of interested parties on the content of the guidance, in particular on the public interest questions that we identified as relevant to the decision whether to prosecute.

In light of the responses received, we have revised the guidance following further consideration. The interim guidance has now been replaced by the final guidance which comes into effect on October 15 2014, and is published on this website.

The consultation response can be accessed below:

Consultation response

Public consultation on the interim Casework Quality Standards

In April 2014, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) launched a public consultation on the interim Casework Quality Standards. The purpose of the consultation was to seek a range of views on the interim Standards.

The Core Quality Standards were issued in March 2010. Together with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, they explained the purpose and work of the CPS.

The new Casework Quality Standards replaced the existing standards relating to Casework and 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 consultation closed on 30 June 2014

As a result of comments received, a number of changes were made to the text of the Casework Quality Standards.

The revised Casework Quality Standards and the consultation response can be accessed below:

Casework Quality Standards

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

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Transport Crime


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Victims and Witnesses