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CPS opens specialist Appeals Unit

26/01/2011

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has established a specialist Appeals Unit that will take on new cases in the appeal courts, including all work involving the Criminal Cases Review Commission and Unduly Lenient Sentences.

Keir Starmer QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, said: "The CPS is already committed to providing a first-rate service at every stage of a prosecution. This new unit extends that commitment to the appeal process.

"Our dedicated team will hone their expertise and be the point of contact for lawyers and courts across England & Wales, enabling us to provide a high-performing and streamlined service to all concerned parties."

Master Venne, Registrar of Criminal Appeals, said: "I unreservedly welcome the establishment of the CPS Appeals Unit. This development will improve the service which the Court of Appeal provides to appellants and the criminal justice service as a whole."

The Appeals Unit, which is part of the Special Crime Division at CPS headquarters, was initially set up in June 2010, but it has been taking on work in stages and was formally launched on 26 January 2011. It now handles all appeals against final decisions in the Administrative Court and the Court of Appeal and all cases in the Supreme Court.

The unit will be fully staffed by 14 lawyers and 24 paralegal staff by the end of March. It can be contacted at: CPS Appeals Unit, Rose Court, 2 Southwark Bridge, London, SE1 9HS.

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