Chief Crown Prosecutor collects OBE at Buckingham Palace

22/12/2010

Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames Valley and Chair of CPS Thames and Chiltern, Baljit Ubhey went to Buckingham Palace on 17 December to collect her Officer of the British Empire (OBE) for her services to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames Valley and Chair of CPS Thames and Chiltern, Baljit Ubhey went to Buckingham Palace on 17 December to collect her Officer of the British Empire (OBE) for her services to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

One of the country's most senior prosecutors, Baljit was delighted to be among five CPS staff awarded in this years Queen's Birthday Honours list in June. She said at the time: 'This is a real privilege and honour. Carrying out such an important public service is a privilege and the associated rewards make the challenges worthwhile. 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.'

Following her visit to Buckingham Palace, Baljit said: 'I have been looking forward to visiting the Palace for a number of months, as have my parents and sister, who I invited to come with me as my three guests. We have spent ages discussing what we should wear! The Palace was as grand as I thought it would be very opulent and historical and the atmosphere was quite exciting, rather than daunting.

'HRH Prince Charles presented my OBE and shook my hand and we had a quick chat about the criminal justice system in this country. Afterwards, we had some refreshments and I was able to meet and talk to other recipients of awards. The best thing about the whole day for me though was the effect that my receiving an OBE had on my parents they told me on the way home that they couldnt be any prouder if they tried and that meant so much to me.'

Baljit UbheyThe 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. Baljit heads the CPS Thames and Chiltern region, including Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire and has taken a leading role in many high profile aspects of law, including fraud and high-tech crime.

In her spare time she 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.

Baljit 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.

Photo caption: Baljit Ubhey at Buckingham Palace after collecting her OBE