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Minutes of the CPS Board meeting 20 May 2014

Present

Alison Saunders (C)
Peter Lewis
Jim Brisbane
Paul Staff
Alan Jenkins
Alison Porter
Derek Manuel
Jeremy Newman

Guests

Helen Kershaw
Jack Newby
Stephen Shaw
Dave Cass
Adrian Foster
Anthony Rogers

Secretariat

Simon Jeal
Rachel Gough


Item 1: Note of Last Meeting and Matters Arising

1. The note of the last meeting held on 21 March 2014 was agreed.

Item 2: Directors Update

2. The Director provided an update on the following:

  • Two of the current Non-Executive Directors will be re-appointed for a further three years.
  • Recent speeches.
  • Appointment of 10 permanent Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutors.
  • CPS People Week.
  • Launch of the Casework Quality Standards.
  • Domestic Violence Policy consultation.

3. The Chief Executive provided an update on the refreshed CJ Strategy and Action Plan.

Item 3: Q4 2013/14 Assurance Report

4. Jack Newby outlined key highlights from the Q4 report.

Item 4: Independent Assessor of Complaints Annual Report

5. Stephen Shaw, Independent Assessor of Complaints for CPS provided an overview of the headlines from his 2013/14 Annual Report

Item 5: Nominations and Governance Committee (NGC)

6. The Terms of Reference and future programme of work for the NGC were endorsed.

Item 6: Q4 Area Performance Review

7. Dave Cass provided an overview of National and Area performance for both Q4 and year-end 2013/14.

Item 7: High Profile Case Handling

8. The Board discussed the approach to high-profile, difficult and non-recent cases.

Item 8: HQ Review

9. Adrian Foster provided an overview of the review report.

Item 9: AOB

10. The Board endorsed and commended the new CPS Cybercrime Strategy.

Board Secretariat
Next meeting 24 June 2014