CPS Wessex Response to HMCPSI Report

13/12/2016

The CPS in Wessex has strong leadership, delivers a good level of service and provides value for money, according to the report from Her Majesty's Crown Prosecutions Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI).

The Inspectorate report highlights that CPS Wessex works well with its Criminal Justice System partners and has an engaged and committed staff delivering a high level of convictions across a range of cases.  The Area's finances are robustly managed; resources are efficiently deployed and the Area adopts a pro-active approach to monitoring its performance.

However the report does identify that the Area needs to improve its level of service to Victims and Witnesses and the quality of its casework reviews.

Kate Brown, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Wessex said: "We welcome the Inspectorate's report which compliments the Area on its leadership and the engagement of its staff. The Area has a high level of successful outcomes in the magistrates' courts and offers good value for money. CPS Wessex has worked hard to improve performance; resources were redeployed to support the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO) Unit, leading to a 17 per cent increase in conviction rates for rape cases over the last 12 months.

"The report does raise issues that require improvement and the Area accepts the recommendations. Providing an excellent service to Victim and Witness is a CPS priority and we have been working hard to deliver improvements in our communications with witnesses.

"The Inspectorate report also raises issues in relation to reviews of casework files in the Magistrates' Court unit and the quality of the files received from the police. The Area has already put in place an action plan to address these issues and both compliance and improvements to casework quality will be monitored by the senior management team."

You can read CPS Wessex' full response to the HMCPSI report on this website.