CPS Says…

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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CPS Says - Prosecuting Rape cases

There have been a number of harrowing stories published in recent weeks about individual's experiences of the criminal justice system when they report rape.

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Why charges could not be brought against Sheffield Wednesday regarding the Hillsborough disaster

We know the sentencing of Graham Mackrell on May 13 for his role in the Hillsborough disaster has been an important milestone for everybody affected by the events of that tragic day.

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Handing over mobile phone data in rape prosecutions

There is widespread media coverage today about how police and prosecutors use information from the mobile phones of people who report rape or other sexual offences.

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The CPS pay award

There has been some media coverage and social media comment about the CPS pay award.

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Returnees from Iraq or Syria

There are a number of news stories today about people returning from Syria or Iraq. Some of the articles reference comments made by Max Hill. These comments were made in his previous capacity as independent reviewer of terrorism legislation and not as the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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Stansted Airport case

The prosecution of 15 defendants following an incident at Stansted Airport in 2017 has led to a number of misleading reports about the case.

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Letter to the Mail on Sunday on conditional cautions in domestic abuse cases from Max Hill QC, DPP

Very strict conditions underpin the use of conditional cautions in domestic abuse cases but the CPS is clear – this is not about letting offenders off the hook (Theresa May's local police force lets off wife beaters with a caution despite PM's pledge to get tough on domestic violence, Sunday 20 January).

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Letter to the Sunday Telegraph from Sue Hemming, Director of Legal Services, on personal data and how it is used in criminal investigations

The way personal data is used in criminal investigations is an issue of growing significance.

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Letter to media outlets re: the case of Jack Shepherd

The CPS prosecuted and secured the conviction of Jack Shepherd for manslaughter and we are as determined as ever to see justice served. It is untrue that we failed to bring him to court on the GBH charge and also untrue that the case is finished.

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Letter from DPP Max Hill to The Times in response to their leading article of 14 November 2018


You are right that I am determined to build trust in the Crown Prosecution Service, which means correcting fundamental mistakes about our role such as those in your leading article (Up Hill Task, Nov 14).

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