Notts inspection shows CPS improvement

13/09/2012

CPS East Midlands has welcomed a report from HM CPS Inspectorate that shows its Nottinghamshire district is heading in the right direction.

Judith Walker, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Nottinghamshire comments on the new HMCPS Inspectorate report:

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The report, published today, is the result of a follow-up inspection following the full inspection of the then CPS Nottinghamshire in 2010. Although that report resulted in a rating of 'fair', the message from the report was that major improvements were needed.

The inspection, carried out in May this year, reports that the CPS has worked hard to improve performance in Nottinghamshire, achieving a number of the recommendations in the 2010 report and making substantial progress in some others.

The report highlights improved staff morale, better relations with the police and strong leadership and management as key areas of improvement.

Judith Walker, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS East Midlands said: "The findings of this report are excellent news for the CPS team in Nottinghamshire. The 2010 inspection showed us the size of the task ahead of us. I am pleased to say that CPS staff in Nottinghamshire have met the challenge head on, and today's report recognises their hard work and dedication.

"Of course the report shows that we are not perfect and our journey is far from over. However, it does show that we have made some difficult changes and addressed the cultural issues that were holding us back. 

"We know we have more work to do in some areas, particularly in our less serious cases in the Magistrates' Courts. As well as providing the reassurance that we are heading in the right direction, this report gives us an objective, informed view on some of the things we can focus on to maintain this trend of improvement.

"I would like to thank everyone in the team in Nottinghamshire for the hard work they have put in over the last two years. It has not been an easy journey, but they should take credit for getting as far as they have."

The report has been published by HM CPS Inspectorate. It is available on their website.

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The inspection carried out in 2010 was in CPS Nottinghamshire, which at that time was a CPS Area in its own right. Judith Walker was then Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP) of CPS Nottinghamshire. In April 2011, the CPS restructured, and Nottinghamshire became part of CPS East Midlands. Mrs Walker is now CCP for the East Midlands and a different management structure is in place. Nottinghamshire is now managed as a district within CPS East Midlands.