Inspectorate's 'fair' rating a realistic assessment of CPS Nottinghamshire

08/09/2010

The Chief Crown Prosecutor for Nottinghamshire, Judith Walker OBE, said that today’s ‘fair’ rating from HMCPS Inspectorate is a realistic assessment of CPS Nottinghamshire’s position and pledged that the area will work hard to continue to improve the quality of service it provides.

Judith Walker said: This report shows that we have made progress in the last couple of years, but there is still work to be done. The report shows that we prosecute more serious crimes well, but that we need to be more consistent with our more routine cases. The inspection process was a very helpful experience and this report will be extremely useful in continuing to improve the service we provide.

The Inspectorate spent a week at the CPS offices in Nottingham and Mansfield in March, interviewing staff and looking at some of the case files, which were assessed against national criteria. The results of the inspection were published today on the HMCPSI Website: www.hmcpsi.gov.uk .

Judith Walker continued: It is clear from the inspection report what we have to do next. There are a number of areas where we need to do better and we were focusing on these before the inspection took place.

The process of making the necessary changes therefore began before the inspection, which the inspectors have acknowledged. Their work and feedback, alongside the CPS own Core Quality Standards will give us additional focus to these continued improvements.