East of England CPS highly commended in inspection report

06/11/2012

An independent inspection of the work of East of England Crown Prosecution Service has found it is one of the best performing Areas in England and Wales.

Chief Crown Prosecutor for East of England CPS, Grace Ononiwu, said: "This is an excellent report, showcasing our capabilities as an Area. I am immensely proud of the loyalty and continued commitment and hard work demonstrated by all staff across this Area which has been commended in the report by Her Majestys CPS Inspectorate (HMCPSI).

"Inspectors found the Area has effective leadership, sound financial management, good community engagement and predominantly constructive working relationships with its criminal justice partners."

The report rated the Area as 'good' across each of the three aspects of the inspection: Governance, Casework Quality and Value for Money. It also looked to see if there were any particular factors which could be shared across the CPS as examples of good practice.

Among the factors it found that supported the Areas high performance were staff with very high levels of commitment, and local defence practitioners and counsel who are prepared to work collaboratively with the Area and other agencies to progress cases.

Chief Inspector of HMCPSI, Michael Fuller said: "East of England CPS demonstrates a good approach to managing cases which encourages guilty pleas and stops cases drifting. Together with constructive working relationships with other criminal justice partners, this leads to a high level of success.

"It is a tribute to the hard working, committed and enthusiastic staff who work in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk."

The report made four recommendations which it said were key to the Area continuing its successful performance and also highlighted some issues for improvement.

Ms Ononiwu said: "We know there is still plenty of work to do, but this is an excellent report. We expected recommendations, and none of these are new to us. Work is already underway to tackle them and they will be dealt with as a priority.

"The communities we serve can rest assured that we will continue to do our best to deliver justice in our four counties."