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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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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

CPS explains decision not to continue the prosecution of two men for merchant shipping offences

There has been some concern about the CPS decision not to continue the prosecution of two men in relation to merchant shipping offences in October. We want to explain the legal reasons for this decision as much as we can to aid public understanding of this outcome.

| CPS says , CPS News

CPS says: How we're working to overcome harmful rape myths and stereotypes

As an experienced prosecutor of rape and serious sexual offences, I never underestimate the courage it takes for a victim to report such a deeply violating and distressing event to police.

| CPS says , Sexual offences , CPS News

CPS Says: The CPS is working hard to improve prosecution rates across the country

A recent article on The Guardian titled ‘Convictions for rapes in London less likely than in 2015, research shows’ has raised concerns about falling convictions in rape and sexual offence cases in London, despite a rise in reports.

| CPS says , Sexual offences , CPS News

CPS says: Rape is not 'the perfect crime'

A recent feature on Sky News described rape as ‘the perfect crime’ (99 per cent of rapes reported to Police do not result in legal proceedings – October 15 2020). The CPS is very concerned about the impact this harmful claim could have on victims coming forward. To be clear, of the thousands of people who go through the justice system every year, many are convicted of rape and serious sexual offences.

| CPS says , Sexual offences , 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: Prosecuting rape - judicial review evidence

There have been a number of misleading and inaccurate reports about how rape is prosecuted by the CPS following coverage about the End Violence Against Women Coalition’s (EVAW) judicial review. We are concerned that these reports will deter victims from coming forward.

| CPS says , Sexual offences , 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.

| CPS says , CPS News
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