Local Scrutiny Involvement Panel

CPS Thames and Chiltern's Local Scrutiny Involvement Panel (LSIP) is a combined structure, which examines Strategic and Operational CPS business. The panel has been operating effectively for nine years and is attended by senior managers from the CPS. Chief Crown Prosecutor, Adrian Foster, chairs the LSIP Strategic Business meeting. Members are consulted on national and local priorities for example consultation on the CPS Hate Crime policies, our proposed 2017-18 Business Plan, Social Media guidelines, and Area performance on victim and witness withdrawal during court proceedings.

The Chief Crown Prosecutor, Adrian Foster, is supported with the chairing of the Operational LSIP meetings by Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutors Joanna Coleman Crown Court) and Adele Kelly (Magistrates' Court). This panel continues to scrutinise completed Hate Crime cases across the strands of Racial and Religiously Aggravated cases, Disability Hate Crimes, and Homophobic and Transphobic cases. In addition, scrutiny of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) finalised cases include Domestic Violence, Rape and Serious Sexual Offence cases, Honour Based Abuse, Forced Marriage, and Female Genital Mutilation cases. Casework scrutiny helps us improve the quality of our prosecution decisions and outcomes. Panel recommendations are built in to lessons learnt briefings and circulated to all CPS Thames and Chiltern staff.

LSIP feedback has impacted positively on numerous casework issues including improved file endorsements, referral of certain cases to senior managers, and more timely submission of special measures applications.

The LSIP consists of representatives from voluntary sector organisations and individual members of the community. The Citizens Advice Bureau, representation from the Equality and Human Rights Commission, professionals working in the field of domestic abuse, faith communities, and individuals who have an interest in criminal justice, and would like to make a positive difference, make up our LSIP.

Public sector partners are also represented on the panel and include representatives from the three police forces across the CPS Thames and Chiltern Area (Thames Valley, Hertfordshire, and Bedfordshire), the courts, and local councils.

From time to time, we will refresh the membership on the LSIP by recruiting new panel members from local communities and organisations. If you would like to be considered to take up this voluntary role as a panel member you will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement and undergo security vetting. If you are interested in joining either the Local Scrutiny Involvement Panel, Strategic or Operational, please contact Inderpal Kaur-Singh via email on inderpal.kaur-singh@cps.gsi.gov.uk or by telephone on 0118 908 2509 or mobile 07769 258088 for an informal discussion.