Crown Court Team

Punam Malhan, Head of the Crown Court TeamThe Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is the main prosecuting authority in England and Wales. In our daily operations we work in partnership with all the agencies in the criminal justice system. We work especially closely with the police, although we are independent of them.

CPS East of England's Crown Court Team is headed up by Punam Malhan (pictured) and split into four units led by Senior Prosecutors: Glen Cocker is in charge of the Gateway, carrying out the first review of cases, and also the Advocacy Unit; Doug Mackay is in charge of trials for Essex, which has the largest caseload of the four counties; David Taylor is in charge of trials for Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. Andrew Hunt is the Senior Business Manager in charge of the administrative support to the Team.

The heads of the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit (RASSO) also report to the head of the Crown Court Team.

The Crown Court Team deals with the Area's most serious criminal cases such as murder, rape, robberies, serious assaults, dwelling house burglaries, complex fraud, the supply and trafficking of drugs, and the most serious road traffic offences especially those that result in a fatality.

Around 4,900 criminal cases reach the Crown Court where we had a conviction rate of 83.2 per cent in 2013-2014. The remaining 43,800 cases are dealt with by our Magistrates' Court Team with a conviction rate of 87.7 per cent in 2013-2014. All cases are prepared and prosecuted by a team of dedicated prosecutors, paralegals and administrative support staff.