New Chief Crown Prosecutor appointed for London

09/10/2013

Baljit Ubhey OBE has been appointed the next Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP) for London. She joins London from Thames and Chiltern CPS, where she is currently the CCP. She takes up the post on 14th October.

Baljit has 21 years of experience in the CPS and has presided over high profile cases including the conviction earlier this year of seven men who were part of a child sexual exploitation grooming gang in Oxford. Also this year she oversaw the first ever 'cash for crash' prosecution, and is the national hate crime champion within the CPS.

As the largest of the Crown Prosecution Service Areas, CPS London prosecuted nearly 117,000 defendants in magistrates' courts and nearly 21,000 defendants in the Crown Court during 2012-13. CPS London accounts for more than more than 16% of the total prosecutions carried out by the CPS nationally.

Chief Executive, Peter Lewis, said of the appointment: "Baljit is an exceptional leader and has a wealth of frontline experience in the CPS. She has presided over a number of high profile cases, including child sexual abuse cases that have contributed to the fundamental change in the way we approach this issue. Her experience, including her time developing policy for tackling fraud and the proceeds of crime, will be of additional benefit to Londoners over the coming months and years. I am sure that under her guidance London will continue with the performance improvements we have seen embedded by Alison Saunders over the past two years."

Baljit added: "I am delighted to be appointed the new CCP for London. I joined the CPS as a legal trainee over twenty years ago because I wanted to take those decisions that would really improve people's lives and I'll be doing just that as I oversee prosecutions in the capital. This is a demanding a challenging role and I am really looking forward to working with the committed staff of CPS London and the capital's many communities in dealing with the challenges ahead. I am sure working together we can continue the deliver the improvements now being seen in London and deliver an ever improving service to victims and witnesses."

Notes for editors:

Baljit began her CPS career as a Legal Trainee in November 1992 before progressing to an SCP in CPS London in 1994. Three years later in 1997 she took up an Advisor role in CPS Policy Directorate representing the service both nationally and internationally on changes in legislation and advice to the Law Officers, DPP and Home Office.

During her tenure with Policy Directorate, Baljit also undertook the role of Diversity Manager, developing our race equality strategy and setting up the Equality and Diversity Unit.

In May 2004 Baljit was appointed CCP for Thames Valley, later becoming CCP for Thames Valley and Chiltern in 2011.