Sussex

Photograph of a Sussex castleThe CPS office has an office in Brighton. Our Sussex team deal with around 2,200 cases each year in the county's Crown Courts. They also handle around 23,000 cases that are heard at the magistrates' courts in Sussex.

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Kent

Photograph of the Kent countrysideThe CPS has an office in Canterbury. On average, our Kent team prosecutes over 27,000 cases in the magistrates' courts and around 2,700 in the Crown Courts in Kent.

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Surrey

Photograph of Guildford highstreetThe CPS has an office in Guildford. The CPS in Surrey is responsible for taking just under 14,000 cases to the magistrates' courts and they also prosecute approximately 1,400 cases each year at Guildford Crown Court.

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Our Senior Staff

Jaswant Narwal: Chief Crown Prosecutor

Jaswant Kaur Narwal, Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS South EastJaswant Kaur Narwal took up the post of Chief Crown Prosecutor in CPS South East, covering the counties of Kent, Surrey and Sussex, in January 2014.

Jaswant has been with the Crown Prosecution Service since 1989 and, following a successful scholarship, qualified as a barrister in 1993.

Much of her prosecuting career has been spent in London on the frontline prosecuting the full range of offences, later Jaswant became the Head of the Old Bailey Trials Unit handling all homicide cases pan-London. She also handled specialist police complaints and led a team of lawyers reviewing past convictions in cases involving corrupt police officers and handled cases arising out of large scale public disorder.

In 2007, Jaswant was appointed Chief Crown Prosecutor for Lincolnshire and was subsequently promoted to Chief Crown Prosecutor for Sussex in 2010. Following a CPS reorganisation, she went on to become Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for the South East Area, with responsibility for operational delivery and the digital working programme. She moved to CPS headquarters in 2013 to take up the national position of Deputy Head of the Central Fraud Division and then later also additionally took on the national role of Deputy Head of Welfare, Rural and Health Division.

Jaswant was the CPS national lead on victims and witnesses and piloted the original victim advocacy scheme at The Old Bailey, which led to the use of victim personal statements nationally in criminal cases. She is now the national lead on youth justice for the CPS. She is the Chair of the Surrey Criminal Justice Board and Vice Chair of the Sussex Criminal Justice Board and co-chairs the South East JASC panel.

Her special interests include the prosecution of hate crime and honour based violence. Jaswant was named Public Service Lawyer of the Year in the Society of Asian Lawyers Awards in May 2010.

Paul Stimson

Paul Stimson: Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor

Paul Stimson joined the CPS as a Senior Crown Prosecutor in the East Midlands, first working on the advocacy team in the Magistrates’ Court.

He became a Crown Advocate, before being promoted to the position of District Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Advocacy team in 2013.

Paul then became a Senior District Crown Prosecutor in 2015, before taking up his current role as Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor in the South East in May 2017.

Nigel PilkingtonNigel Pilkington: Temporary Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor

Nigel took on this role in June 2016, having previous been the Acting Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor in charge of magistrates court work for three months in 2014. He is also the Head of the Complex Casework Unit, which deals with the Area's most high profile cases and has previously headed up our Rape and Serious Sexual Offences team.

Nigel joined the Crown Prosecution Service in London in 1991. Between 1991 and 2006, Nigel prosecuted as a lawyer and was a lawyer manager across London before moving to Kent in 2006 and then to the South East in 2008.

Kirsty HipwoodKirsty Hipwood: Area Business Manager

Kirsty Hipwood joined the CPS in November 2001 as an administrative officer based in CPS Headquarters.

Kirsty has undertaken a number of business operational roles across, including Resource Deployment Manager, Senior Finance Manager and Senior Business Manager.

Kirsty was seconded to the South East Area in January 2015 and became the Temporary Area Business Manager in April 2016, before being made permanent in the post in December 2016.

Jenny Offord - Temporary Area Business ManagerJenny Offord: Temporary Area Business Manager

Kirsty is away from the South East Area at present. During Kirsty’s absence, Jenny is our Temporary Area Business Manager.

She joined the CPS in 2006 as a witness care officer, progressing to manage the witness care unit. Since then, Jenny has worked in a variety of roles, including Paralegal Business Manager and as a project manager in our Headquarters team, responsible for a serious of national projects.

She then became the Business Manager for the Operations Directorate and Private Office, before taking up her current post in the South East in February 2017.