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"Significant" progress recognised by inspectors

20/03/2012

A report by Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) has praised the improvements made by the Crown Prosecution Service in Wales since its previous inspections of the Gwent and South Wales areas.

The report, published today, updates the position with respect to recommendations made in HMCPSI's reports on Gwent in 2009 and South Wales in 2010. Today's report notes that progress has been made against all but one of the 32 recommendations in those reports.

Some of the key improvements highlighted in the report include:

  • Performance in Gwent has improved to the extent that it is now rated as above the national average for all key performance measures
  • Notable improvements have been made in relation to cases involving violence against women
  • Significant improvements have been made to local partnerships, particularly with the police and the court service
  • The CPS Core Quality Standards have provided a clear basis for performance measurement and improvement
  • CPS Cymru-Wales has a clear vision of improving quality, delivering a good service and improving outcomes for users

Commenting on the report, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Cymru-Wales, Jim Brisbane, said:

"I'm very pleased that the hard work and commitment of all our staff to improve the service we provide to the communities of Wales has been recognised in today's report.

"The previous reports for South Wales and Gwent highlighted a number of issues that we really needed to tackle with some urgency. We took the recommendations of those reports on board and have worked hard to make sure we are now moving in the right direction.

"It's a tribute to the collective effort of all our staff that we have been able to bring about such positive change in a time of significant financial constraint. The CPS Core Quality Standards have helped us to really concentrate our efforts on the key areas of our work that we need to get right. At the same time, we've also laid the platform for digital working across all our offices."

Despite the positive news highlighted in the report, Mr Brisbane acknowledges that further improvements can and should be made:

"While we are grateful that the report recognises what we've already achieved and the plans that we have in place to maintain our improvement, we acknowledge that the report outlines some areas where we still need to focus our efforts.

"Our challenge now is to maintain the progress we've made in order to provide an even better and more efficient service for the communities we serve. Today's report gives us the confidence to know we are moving in the right direction."

To view the report, visit the HMCPSI website.