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CPS East of England rated "good" by inspectors

24/10/2017

Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS East of England, Jenny Hopkins, has welcomed a report from the independent HM CPS Inspectorate (HMCPSI) which has rated the Area as "good" across the four elements examined.

Ms Hopkins said "I welcome this report which recognises the hard work and dedication of the staff and their commitment to delivering and providing a quality service to victims and witnesses.

"The Inspectors considered our work in the four areas of high quality casework, continuously improving, the success of our people, and public confidence and they rated us as "good" across all four, which is a real achievement.

"I am particularly pleased that in their report the Inspectors said:

The Area has a dedicated staff who work well with their colleagues and recognise the importance of the work that they do.

"They also said we provide a good service to victims and witnesses, which is at the heart of what we do.

"While identifying our strengths and good practice, the Inspectors also said there were issues we need to address and we have drawn up plans to deal with these in the coming months.

"Over the last few years, the Area and its staff have worked tirelessly to provide a good service, not only to our criminal justice partners, but also to the communities that they serve.

"We will do our utmost to maintain the high standards we set ourselves and to ensure improvements continue in the service we provide to the public and our partner agencies."

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Notes to Editors

  1. The report for East of England is available on the HMCPSI website
  2. Facts and figures for CPS East of England:
    • The conviction rate in magistrates' courts is 87.2%
    • The conviction rate in Crown Court is 80.8%
    • The conviction rate for Violence Against Women and Girls is 78.6%
    • The conviction rate for Hate Crime is 84.2%
  3. The Area covers 11 magistrates' courts and seven Crown Court centres across the four counties of Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk
  4. The previous HMCPSI report in 2012 rated the Area as "good". A follow up report in 2014 did not give the Area an overall rating but assessed progress against the recommendations it made in 2012 - that progress was assessed as "good".
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