Alison Mutch is awarded the OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours.

17/06/2016

Mersey-Cheshire Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor Alison Mutch has been awarded the OBE for services to law and order, particularly for her work on hate crime.

Alison Mutch OBEA statement about the award said "Alison has worked hard to make Mersey-Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) a high performing Area. She has also taken on an increasing number of important national roles, which have made a difference to the service CPS provides to victims and witnesses of crime.

"Alison is the CPS disability hate crime lead, helping to improve the way that disabled victims are treated within the Criminal Justice System.  She works tirelessly to ensure that defendants in these types of cases are prosecuted robustly and that prosecutors ensure the court adheres to the sentencing guidelines.

"Currently, she is working extremely hard on the national project to make sure the CPS has standardised casework processes so that our work can be handled swiftly and flexibly, which is crucial against the backdrop of much reduced resources."

Alison lives in Cheshire and works from the Mersey-Cheshire HQ in Liverpool. She was told about the award a few weeks before but, as per the protocol, was sworn to secrecy.

She said: "This came as a complete surprise to me but I am delighted. It's a great acknowledgement of what has been a team effort to improve outcomes for the victims of hate crime.

"It's so important that communities that are targeted because of their race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity or disability can see that we take these crimes seriously and in fact seek higher sentences for those responsible."

Alison qualified as a solicitor in 1991, having studied Law at Liverpool University (LLB) and the College of Law, Chester. She joined the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in 1992, qualifying as a Crown Advocate in 2001.

During her career with the CPS, Alison has prosecuted a wide variety of cases specialising particularly in rape and serious sexual offences.

She became a Branch Crown Prosecutor in 2007 and held a number of posts across the North West. In August 2013 she took up the post of Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for Mersey-Cheshire CPS.

CPS Mersey Cheshire teamAlison played a key role in the recent BBC documentary, "The Prosecutors", in which the work of Mersey-Cheshire CPS featured heavily.

Alison's decision making on a case of careless driving in which a young boy was killed and in a case of non- recent sexual abuse were key elements of the series.

She said: "The series gave a great insight into our work and showed the hard work and commitment of our staff.

"It revealed how complicated seemingly straightforward cases can be and how the decisions we make are by no means easy. The victim is at the heart of what we do."