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This is where you will find the CPS position on major issues in the news, our response to inaccurate or misleading media reports and our letters to the media.

See also Articles and speeches  to read articles and speeches from the CPS on matters of relevance to the Criminal Justice System.

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Letter to the Justice Select Committee on prosecuting hate crime and offences that occur during protests: Stephen Parkinson, DPP

The conflict in the Middle East and protests that followed have undoubtedly resulted in surges in antisemitic and anti-Muslim hate crime, alongside disturbing scenes of support for proscribed terror groups. This has understandably caused those communities to feel deep concern and fears for their safety. I am writing to set out the action that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has taken in response to the increase in these despicable crimes.

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Strong public interest in prosecuting those who cause unrest at pro-Palestine protests: Stephen Parkinson, DPP

Planned protests this weekend have ignited public debate about the role of prosecutors and police in upholding law and order on our streets and in our communities.

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CPS Says: Conviction rates play no part in deciding whether or not to charge a case

Conviction rates play no part in CPS decision making – so we know a story this week “CPS failing victims by cherry-picking cases’ may have caused concern.

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CPS says: Victims of crime should not delay getting the therapeutic support they need

BEING the victim of a sexual offence is undoubtedly one of the most traumatic experiences a person may face in their lifetime. Our message on this is clear – if therapy is needed to aid recovery, there are no circumstances where access should be delayed.

| CPS says , Sexual offences , CPS News

CPS Says: Our response to BBC documentary on rape

There is no doubt the case highlighted by BBC today is harrowing and we have offered an unreserved apology to the victim for the mistakes we made and the stress and trauma she has endured.

| CPS says , Sexual offences , CPS News

CPS Says: CPS and NPCC respond toThe Criminal Justice Joint Inspection (CJJI) of how well the criminal justice system serves survivors of rape

Max Hill QC, Director of Public Prosecutions said: “We know victims of sexual offences can suffer lasting trauma, and too often their experience of the criminal justice system adds to their suffering. The CPS is committed to making the changes needed so that more victims see justice.

| CPS says , Sexual offences , CPS News

Max Hill QC, DPP, on the the judgment in the judicial review of the prosecution of rape and serious sexual offences

Today, Monday 15 March, Lord Burnett dismissed the application for Judicial Review from the End Violence Against Women (EVAW) coalition against the CPS.

| CPS says , Sexual offences , CPS News

Incorrect story in The Times on age of criminal responsibility

Today the Times is running an incorrect story which falsely claims that in a recent podcast interview, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Max Hill QC, called for the age of criminal responsibility to be raised.

| CPS says , Youth crime , CPS News

Modern slavery

Modern slavery has a devastating effect on its victims, and we are committed to prosecuting these crimes.

| CPS says , International and organised crime , CPS News

CPS Says: Stalking offences under coronavirus lockdown

There has been some discussion about how stalking cases are investigated and prosecuted during the current lockdown. The CPS would like to clarify our approach.

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