Chief Crown Prosecutor is awarded OBE in Birthday Honours list

30/06/2010

Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames Valley and Chair of CPS Thames and Chiltern, Baljit Ubhey, has been awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her services to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Baljit Ubhey OBEOne of the country's most senior prosecutors, Ms Ubhey was delighted to be among five CPS staff awarded in this years Queen's Birthday Honours list. She said: "This is a real privilege and honour. Since joining the CPS as a legal trainee I have had a number of roles and being here for so long makes the award even more special to me. Carrying out such an important public service is a privilege and the associated rewards make the challenges worthwhile.

I think the improvements across CPS Thames Valley over the past few years have been a real collective effort, so the credit for this OBE goes to a large number of staff. I am indebted to them. I am also looking forward to visiting the Palace!"

The CPS prosecutes criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales, and is also responsible for charging in all but the most straightforward cases. Ms Ubhey heads the service's Thames Valley and Chiltern region, and has also taken a leading role in many high profile aspects of law, including fraud and high tech crime.

In her spare time Ms Ubhey has helped to set up a charity called Liveline, which provides counselling and support to children and young people in East London, and has also served on the management committee for Newham Asian Women's Project.

Ms Ubhey graduated from the London School of Economics and obtained LLM Masters Degree at University College London. She joined CPS Hertfordshire as a trainee solicitor in 1992 and became Chief Crown Prosecutor in 2005.

Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, said: "I am delighted to see that Baljit's talent has been recognised in such a prestigious way. She is a dedicated, skilled and highly motivated member of the CPS team, who I know is respected by her team of lawyers, caseworkers and administrative staff across Thames Valley."