CPS West Midlands response to Inspectorate report

03/10/2017

A report from Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecutions Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) has found the CPS in the West Midlands region has strong leadership and has developed constructive partnerships to improve prosecution outcomes for victims, witnesses and other users of the service.

The Area's excellent relationship and engagement with criminal justice partners, witness services and community groups were commended.  Importantly, the Inspectorate noted the initiative adopted by the Area, under the stewardship of the Chief Crown Prosecutor, had resulted in tangible performance improvements, for example, improved conviction rates for hate crime and domestic abuse.

The inspectorate highlighted that more can be done to improve case management and progression, including communications with victims and witnesses.  We are committed to making these improvements and steps have already being taken to address this.

Grace Ononiwu OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS West Midlands, said:

"We welcome the Inspectorate's report and are delighted with the positive findings of our work with staff, leadership and victims and witnesses.

"We recognise that there are still aspects of our work which require improvement. We are committed to addressing this together with our committed staff, so we can continue to deliver improvements for the benefit of all who live, work and visit this region."