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Honour for Merseyside's Chief Crown Prosecutor

31/12/2010

Paul Whittaker, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Merseyside, has been awarded a CBE for his work to reform the justice service.

Paul, who also holds the post of Chief for the CPS Mersey-Cheshire Group, has been at the forefront of innovation in the service and has developed a number of initiatives designed to improve the way prosecutions are run.

Under Paul's leadership, CPS Merseyside was the first CPS area to develop the Early Guilty Plea scheme, which uses the expertise of prosecutors to identify cases where a guilty plea can be expedited. The scheme reduces expense to the public purse whilst also achieving swift justice - benefitting victims, witnesses and defendants.

He is also pioneering the use of electronic case work in the region to reduce the amount of paper used in court and improve the timeliness of results. The service is already sharing evidential material and building files at the touch of a button.

Paul, who is a talented musician, was born and educated in Wrexham and moved to Liverpool as a student before being called to the bar in 1977.  He joined the Magistrates' Court Service in 1980 and transferred to the CPS in 1986. He was promoted to Chief Crown Prosecutor in North Wales in1998, before moving to his current position in 2004.

Throughout his CPS career, he has worked tirelessly to progress a number of reforms - pushing the boundaries of the way prosecutions are managed. He uses his expertise to train others and has also been closely involved with piloting developments in charging and conditional cautioning.

Paul said: "This is a fantastic honour for me personally and professionally. I have to commend my CPS team and my colleagues in the justice service. Id also like to thank my family for all their support."

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For more information contact Sharon King, Group Communications Manager, CPS Mersey-Cheshire Group, on 0151 239 6465.