Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire falls within the CPS Thames and Chiltern Area, one of 13 CPS Areas across England and Wales, which prosecute people charged with a criminal offence.

CPS lawyers review the evidence gathered by the police and decide whether the case should go to court.

Responsibilities include:

  • Advising the police on possible prosecutions
  • Reviewing cases submitted by the police and deciding on the charge
  • Preparing cases for court
  • Prosecuting cases at Crown Courts and Magistrates' Courts

Cases are prosecuted firmly, fairly and effectively when there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction and when it is in the public interest to do so.

Caseload

In the first quarter of 2013-14, CPS Thames and Chiltern prosecuted 10,123 cases in Magistrates' Courts and 1,260 cases in Crown Courts. The conviction rate for this period was 84% in Magistrates' Courts and 78% in Crown Courts.

In the first quarter of 2013-14, CPS Hertfordshire prosecuted 2,803 cases in Magistrates' Courts and 361 cases in Crown Courts. The conviction rate for this period was 87% in Magistrates' Courts and 77% in Crown Courts.

In the second quarter of 2013-14, CPS Thames and Chiltern prosecuted 9,737 cases in Magistrates' Courts and 1,265 cases in Crown Courts. The conviction rate for this period was 85% in Magistrates' Courts and 78% in Crown Courts.

In the second quarter of 2013-14, CPS Hertfordshire prosecuted 2,774 cases in Magistrates' Courts and 412 cases in Crown Courts. The conviction rate for this period was 86% in Magistrates' Courts and 80% in Crown Courts.

In the third quarter of 2013-14, CPS Thames and Chiltern prosecuted 9,384 cases in Magistrates' Courts and 1,266 cases in Crown Courts. The conviction rate for this period was 84.7% in Magistrates' Courts and 80.9% in Crown Courts.

In the third quarter of 2013-14, CPS Hertfordshire prosecuted 2,475 cases in Magistrates' Courts and 394 cases in Crown Courts. The conviction rate for this period was 84.9% in Magistrates' Courts and 78.4% in Crown Courts.

In the financial year to March 2013, CPS Thames and Chiltern prosecuted 43,606 cases in Magistrates' Courts and 5,062 cases in Crown Courts. The conviction rate for this period was 86% in Magistrates' Courts and 80% in Crown Courts.

In the financial year to March 2013, CPS Hertfordshire prosecuted 12,125 cases in Magistrates' Courts and 1552 cases in Crown Courts. The conviction rate for this period was 87% in Magistrates' Courts and 82% in Crown Courts.

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