New Chief Crown Prosecutor for East of England welcomes "good progress" report by inspectors

29/10/2014

Jenny Hopkins has been appointed the new Chief Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in the East of England, which covers the counties of Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk, and Suffolk.

Ms Hopkins took up her post on 29 September 2014 and said: "I am pleased to have this opportunity to lead an Area which was the top performing Area in England and Wales in 2013-14 and has consistently met high standards.

"Over the last few years, the Area and its staff have worked tirelessly to provide a good service, not only to our criminal justice partners, but also to the communities that they serve.

"This was acknowledged by the independent HM CPS Inspectorate in its report on the Area in 2012, which rated the Area as good. The Inspectorate has published a follow up report today (29 October 2014) which says the Area has made good progress on the recommendations it made in 2012.

"This latest report again recognised the staff's commitment to deliver good quality casework. In my first month here I have been particularly impressed with their hard work and determination to deliver and provide a quality service to victims and witnesses.

"The Inspectorate included a number of positive findings in the report and has also highlighted areas where improvements can be made. As this is a follow up report it does not give the Area an overall rating but assesses progress against the recommendations it made in 2012. That progress has been assessed as good.

"We will now build on this work to continue to improve casework quality, our service to victims and witnesses, and our digital working with the courts and police."

Ms Hopkins joined the East of England from CPS London, where she was Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor with responsibility for the Complex Casework Unit. She was originally a solicitor in private practice before joining the CPS in 1998 as a Senior Crown Prosecutor in London. She worked in CPS Policy and the Organised Crime Division before returning to CPS London in 2010.

She said: "We accept the report's comment that there are challenges ahead but we will do our utmost to maintain the high standards we set ourselves and to ensure improvements continue in the service we provide to the public and our partner agencies."

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Notes to Editors

1. Requests for interviews with Jenny Hopkins should be made to Julie Seddon, Area Communications Manager, on 01245 455933 or email Julie.seddon@cps.gsi.gov.uk

2. Facts and figures for CPS East of England:
 The conviction rate in magistrates courts is 87.9%
 The conviction rate in Crown Court is 83%
 The national Hate Crime report published on 23 October 2014 put East of England in the top four performing Areas for hate crime with a conviction rate of 87.3%
 The conviction rate for Violence Against Women and Girls is 79.6%

3. The report is available on the HMCPSI website.