East of England
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is the main prosecuting authority in England and Wales. In our daily operations we work in partnership with all agencies in the criminal justice system. We work especially closely with the police, although we are independent of them.
The CPS has 14 Areas/Regions across England and Wales. CPS East of England consists of the counties of Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk.
Chief Crown Prosecutor Jenny Hopkins is the head of the CPS East of England and she is supported by Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor Punam Malhan, who has responsibility for Magistrates’ Court and the Complex Casework Unit, and Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor Angela Deal, who has responsibility for Crown Court and the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Units. Susan Stovell is the Area Business Manager who has responsibility for Business and Operational Delivery functions across the region.
We currently employ 247 members of staff which consists of lawyers, paralegals and administrators. The majority of our staff are based in our headquarters in Chelmsford; we also have staff based in Norwich and Ipswich, although the Ipswich office is due to close in early 2018.
The Area is supported by a Business Centre which houses a team of specialists in the fields of performance, finance, human resources, communications and inclusion.
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Chief Crown Prosecutor Jenny Hopkins
Jenny took up her post in September 2014 having previously worked in CPS London. She was originally a solicitor in private practice before joining CPS London in 1998 as a Senior Crown Prosecutor and then became a legal manager.
Jenny joined CPS Policy in 2003 and was responsible for the team that produced the Prosecution Team Disclosure Manual. In 2005 she became the Unit Head in the Organised Crime Division before returning to CPS London in 2010 as the Head of Homicide.
Between 2011 and 2014 Jenny was the Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor in CPS London with responsibility for the Complex Casework Unit, which comprised of the homicide, rape and serious sexual offences, and special casework teams. Jenny is also the CPS national lead for Violence Against Women and Girls.
Punam Malhan, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor
Admitted as a solicitor in 1989, Punam gained her Higher Rights in 2003. Joining the CPS in 1991, Punam has significant experience across the magistrates’ court and Crown Court business, starting in Cambridgeshire CPS as District Crown Prosecutor (DCP) leading the Crown Court team; Northamptonshire CPS as DCP for the Magistrates’ Court Team; in Essex as DCP of a Combined Magistrates and Crown Court Unit, Senior District Crown Prosecutor in the East of England responsible for the Crown Court Team, including our Rape and Serious Sexual Offence Unit, and Advocacy. Punam is responsible for the Magistrates’ Court Team, covering 11 courts across Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire and is also responsible for the Area’s Complex Casework Unit.
Punam is the Area’s strategic lead for Hate Crime and Custody Time Limits and Chairs the Regional Prosecution Team Performance Meeting involving police and HM Courts and Tribunals Service counterparts from across the Area.
Angela Deal, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor
As one of two Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutors, Angela is responsible for the Crown Court Team and the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit, which means her remit covers Crown Courts in Cambridge, Peterborough, Norwich, Ipswich, Chelmsford, and Basildon. Angela joined the Area in July 2017 having been the Deputy Head of CPS Head Quarters’ Special Crime and Counter Terrorism, with particular responsibility for the Appeals and Review Unit (ARU).
Before that, Angela’s career has included working in CPS London, CPS South West, HQ Policy Directorate, Organised Crime Division and the Attorney General’s Office.
Susan Stovell, Area Business Manager
Susan’s career has been spent within the CPS, having joined the then London North Area of the CPS in 1986 after completing her degree. Susan spent six years in London North working in a range of Area support roles including finance, personnel and accommodation.
In 1992 Susan moved to the HR Directorate in CPS Headquarters to take up a post managing the CPS’s Pay Unit. For the next 10 years she worked in a variety of HR fields including pay strategy and negotiations, appraisal and core competence policy and operations.
In 2003, Susan took up appointment as the Area Business Manager (ABM) for CPS Essex and became Senior ABM in May 2008. She is now the ABM for the East of England Area. Susan chairs the Area People Board and nationally is a member of the Victims and Witnesses Business Board and the Central Correspondence and Enquiry Point Project Board.
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Our Magistrates’ Court Unit prosecutes offences of domestic violence, assaults, criminal damage, minor public disorder incidents, some traffic offences, possession of drugs, dangerous dog offences, offences of dishonesty and commercial burglaries.
The list is not exhaustive but generally comprises of any offence where the maximum permitted sentence for each offence does not exceed six months imprisonment or one year if two or more relevant offences are to be considered.
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The Crown Court Unit deals with cases such as murder, robbery, serious assaults, dwelling house burglaries, complex fraud, the supply and trafficking of drugs, and the most serious road traffic offences - especially those that result in a fatality.
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The Complex Casework Unit (CCU) is responsible for the largest and most complex cases in the Area. Its casework typically arises from serious and organised crime which is often cross border, particularly drugs importation and distribution, money laundering and modern slavery. The CCU also undertakes large scale child abuse cases, complex homicide and fraud.
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The Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit is a dedicated and specialised team which prosecutes cases such as rape, serious sexual offences, child abuse and child sexual exploitation. The staff on the unit all have a great deal of understanding of the sensitivities of prosecuting cases of this nature and how difficult and harrowing it can be for a complainant from the first step of making a complaint to the police, through to giving evidence in a trial.