CPS Mersey-Cheshire leads the way

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales.

Mersey-Cheshire is one of 13 areas within the CPS and covers Merseyside and Cheshire. It is headed by Chief Crown Prosecutor Claire Lindley.

In the past year, CPS Mersey-Cheshire has prosecuted 48,622 cases in the area's Magistrates Courts and 6,862 in the Crown Courts.

Of those cases, 87.6% resulted in convictions in the Magistrates Courts, and  83.1% resulted in convictions in the Crown Courts.

The Area has the best conviction rate in the country for the Magistrates' Courts and the Crown Courts.

The area is at the forefront of the CPS' national drive to process and present cases electronically by computers, laptops and screens in court where evidence can be shown.

Violence against women, such as rape, sexual offences and domestic violence offences, has been a key area for the CPS for some years.

Mersey-Cheshire is currently top of the latest performance tables for rape and domestic violence convictions.

The area had a 68 % success rate for rape cases and an 84% success rate in Domestic Violence cases.

Hate Crime is another key area. This covers racist and religious, homophobic and disability related crime. It accounts for a relatively low percentage of the CPS caseload (1.6%) but such incidents can significantly impact on the most vulnerable members of society.