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.

East of England mapThe CPS has 14 Areas 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 Temporary Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor Douglas Mackay, who has responsibility for the Crown Court and Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Units and Temporary Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor Judith Reed, who has responsibility for the Magistrates' Court and Complex Casework 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 at Carmelite House and in Ipswich at the Crown Court.

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

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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.

Temporary Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutors: Douglas Mackay and Judith Reed

TDCCP Douglas Mackay has responsibility for the Crown Court and Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Units and TDCCP Judith Reed has responsibility for the Magistrates' Court and Complex Casework Units.

Area Business Manager: Susan Stovell

Susan joined the CPS in 1986 and worked across a range of roles including finance, personnel and accommodation within the London North Area. In 1992 Susan moved to the HQ Directorate in CPS Headquarters working within specialist fields including pay strategy and negotiations, appraisal, policy and operations.

In 2003, Susan joined the East of England Area and is now the Area Business Manager with responsibilities for both strategic and operational performance.

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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.

Working with you

We welcome feedback about the service we provide. It is an important part of helping us to continue to improve what we do and how we do it. We have two Local Scrutiny and Involvement Panels (LSIPs) with representatives from each of the four counties in the East of England Area. The community representatives look at our work and policies and give us their views and ideas on how we can do things better. The panel meetings also give us an opportunity to explain the work that we do to those representatives of our local communities.

One LSIP is responsible for looking at Hate Crime and one for looking at Violence Against Women and girls (VAWG). Each LSIP has an important role in helping us to improve how we prosecute cases and the services we provide to victims and witnesses. The LSIP is made up of volunteers who act as our 'critical friends'.

We ask the panel what we're doing well, what we can do better and ask for their comments and ideas of how we can improve our work. We consult them about how we can increase confidence within our local communities.

It is a two-way process. The panel members tell us about any areas of concern that local people have about crime and criminal justice and we explain about specific aspects of the work that we do. The aim is for local communities to have more of an understanding of what we do and more of a say in what we do.

Victims and witnesses

We are committed to dealing with Victims and Witnesses with respect. We understand being a victim and or witness of crime can be difficult and are sensitive to how vulnerable some may feel due to their experiences. We will ensure that they are dealt with in a professional and courteous manner. We will listen to their needs and support them through the process so that they can give their best evidence at court.

CPS East of England is committed to ensuring that we are renowned for our professionalism, and that we are delivering justice to all members of our communities. We want communities to continue to have confidence in their local justice system, to believe their interests are fairly represented and justice is seen to be done.

Victims’ Right to Review 

The VRR scheme makes it easier for victims to seek a review of a CPS decision not to bring charges or to terminate proceedings.

If you are a victim seeking to exercise your right to request a review of a CPS decision not to bring charges, discontinue proceedings or offer no evidence in a case please go to our Victims' Right to Review page.

East of England contact point for Victims' Right to Review enquiries:
Email: VictimLiaison.EastOfEngland@cps.gov.uk

Telephone: 01603 693136

CPS East of England contact details

Chelmsford office:

County House
100 New London Road
DX 139160 Chelmsford 11

Telephone: 01245 455800

Norwich office:

Carmelite House
St James' Court
DX 5299 Norwich

Telephone: 01603 693000

Area email address for members of the public: EastofEngland.Inbox@cps.gov.uk

Contact Information for the defence

Please note that these .cjsm.net email addresses are not accessible to the public - they are secure addresses for use in the criminal justice system.

News Centre

For local and regional media enquiries please contact:

Area Communications Manager
Gillian Andrews

Telephone: 01245 455027
Mobile: 07789 420214
Email gillian.andrews@cps.gov.uk

If you are a member of the national media, please call the CPS Press Office on 020 3357 0906 or email cps.pressoffice@cps.gov.uk

Out of hours: 07590 617233 for emergency queries only.