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How to respond to the consultation - a quick guide

By email

  1. Download the interim guidelines (Adobe PDF document - 230kb)
  2. Download the consultation question and answer document (Microsoft Excel file - 39kb)
  3. Complete the form by typing in the spaces
  4. Send an email to us and attach your response

By post

  1. Download and print the consultation document
  2. Complete the form
  3. Send the completed form to us at the address below:

Media Guidelines Team
Strategy and Policy Directorate
Crown Prosecution Service Headquarters – 9th Floor
Rose Court
Southwark Bridge

A public consultation on the DPP's interim guidelines for prosecutors on assessing the public interest in cases affecting the media

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) interim guidelines on assessing the public interest in cases affecting the media.

The DPP undertook to produce the guidelines when giving evidence on 8 February 2012 to the inquiry being conducted by Lord Justice Leveson into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press.

We welcome your comments by no later than 10 July 2012.

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Questions for consultation

We have identified a number of questions which are outlined in the Consultation Paper at Annex B, on which we would particularly invite comment, including a final question which asks for any other comments that people wish to make.

If you are replying by email, we should be grateful if you would not attach any other documents 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 Annex B.

If you use a special software programme to read the Consultation Document and you find that you have difficulty in reading it, please get in touch with the CPS Media Guidelines Team whose contact details are set out in the How to Respond section.

If you would like to return your replies to the question at the back of the Consultation Document by post, please download the interim guidelines for prosecutors on assessing the public interest in cases affecting the media in PDF format

Alternatively, you can read the interim guidelines for prosecutors on assessing the public interest in cases affecting the media on this site

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How to respond

Both written and electronic responses to the consultation are acceptable, although we would prefer electronic replies on the completed pro-forma.

Please be aware that if you complete and return this document by email, you will be responding over the open internet. If you would prefer, please complete and return the PDF version to the postal address given below.

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

Closing date for responses: 10 July 2012

Responses can be sent by post to:

Media Guidelines Team
Strategy and Policy Directorate
Crown Prosecution Service Headquarters – 9th Floor
Rose Court
Southwark Bridge

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.

You can download a PDF version of this page from this website

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

The following consultation documents are available in Welsh:

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The seven consultation criteria

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (DBIS) sets seven consultation criteria for running effective public consultations. These key consultation criteria are reproduced below.

Criterion 1 - When to consult

Formal consultation should take place at a stage when there is scope to influence the policy outcome.

Criterion 2 - Duration of consultation exercises

Consultations should normally last for at least 12 weeks with consideration given to longer timescales where feasible and sensible.

Criterion 3 - Clarity of scope and impact

Consultation documents should be clear about the consultation process, what is being proposed, the scope to influence and the expected costs and benefits of the proposals.

Criterion 4 - Accessibility of consultation exercises

Consultation exercises should be designed to be accessible to, and clearly targeted at, those people the exercise is intended to reach.

Criterion 5 - The burden of consultation

Keeping the burden of consultation to a minimum is essential if consultations are to be effective and if consultees' buy-in to the process is to be obtained.

Criterion 6 - Responsiveness of consultation exercises

Consultation responses should be analysed carefully and clear feedback should be provided to participants following the consultation.

Criterion 7 - Capacity to consult

Officials running consultations should seek guidance in how to run an effective consultation exercise and share what they have learned from the experience.

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