New DPP opens new base for CPS Mersey-Cheshire


Alison Saunders comes to Liverpool as she begins her new role


The new Director of Public Prosecutions has visited Liverpool to officially open the new offices of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Mersey-Cheshire.

Alison Saunders started her first full week in post as CPS Mersey-Cheshire moved into their new base at Walker House on Exchange Flags in Liverpool City Centre.

Alison was Chief Crown Prosecutor for London before her new role and its the first time that someone has been promoted to the job of Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) from within the CPS.

It was Alison's first visit to CPS staff outside of headquarters and she met with Mersey-Cheshire's Chief Crown Prosecutor, Claire Lindley, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor, Alison Mutch, and other staff.

Alison Saunders said: "It's been a pleasure to come here. It's a great building and I've been really impressed by the positivity of staff.

"They are really engaged with their work and committed to making sure that victims of crime see justice done.

"The CPS is pushing ahead with its partners to digitise that process and present cases electronically through laptops and screens in court where we can show evidence."

"Mersey-Cheshire is at the forefront of that work and this was shown by the fact that staff were prosecuting from one office on Friday and a new one on Monday with no disruption.

"The CPS presents almost all of its cases in Merseyside and Cheshire magistrates courts electronically now."

Claire Lindley, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Mersey-Cheshire, said: "It's been a pleasure and a privilege to meet our new DPP just days into her new role.

"We're proud of our new base and of the work we do to make sure offenders face the consequences of their actions.

"We have excellent staff and the appointment to the top job of someone from within the CPS is a coming of age for our organisation."

The DPP is head of the CPS, which 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 has prosecuted 31,112 cases in the area's magistrates courts in the past year and 3,958 in the crown courts.

Of those cases, 87.9% resulted in convictions in the cagistrates courts, and 84.7% resulted in convictions in the crown courts.