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International Justice and Organised Crime Division (IJOCD)

Organised crime represents a serious threat, both to our national security and to the economic well-being of the UK. The International Justice and Organised Crime Division is responsible for three broad areas of work:

Organised Crime

Specialist lawyers prosecute members of the most serious organised crime groups operating in England and Wales. The majority of these cases are investigated by the National Crime Agency (NCA) and often involve drug trafficking, money laundering, human trafficking and modern slavery, sexual exploitation and cyber-crime.  The vast majority of this work has an international dimension.  This team also handles complex immigration cases investigated by Immigration Enforcement.

International

As well as a London based international team, the CPS has a number of specialist prosecutors, who may be termed Criminal Justice Advisers or Liaison Magistrates, based overseas in countries of strategic importance to CPS casework and/or wider Government strategies to counter the threat from serious and organised crime and terrorism. As well as acting as a centre of expertise for the CPS in international engagement, co-operation and evidence-gathering, the team is responsible for assisting with justice reform and other assistance to improve the detection and effective prosecution of particular types of criminality of concern to the UK, such as terrorism and serious and organised crime in certain countries where we have placed a Criminal Justice Advisor.

Extradition

The team conducts extradition proceedings on behalf of foreign authorities following a request for the extradition of a person located in England and Wales.  While CPS Areas are responsible for their own European Arrest Warrants, the Extradition team makes extradition requests to non-European countries on behalf of CPS Areas and acts as a centre of expertise on extradition within the CPS.

Who's who in IJOCD

Organised Crime is based across four sites, co-located with the NCA in the West Midlands, North East and North West, with a further prosecution team based in central London.

Nick Price: Head of International Justice and Organised Crime Division

Nick Price profile photoNick Price is Head of the International Justice and Organised Crime Division.

Nick previously led CPS Proceeds of Crime, a team of 150 staff tasked with restraining and confiscating criminal assets both within England and Wales and internationally. Before that, he was the Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor in the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, the largest CPS Area outside London, responsible for 90,000 Criminal Prosecutions annually.

Nick joined CPS from the Criminal Cases Review Commission, the body responsible for investigating alleged miscarriage of justice cases in England and Wales. Whilst at the Commission Nick investigated a number of complex and high profile cases, including complex fraud, human rights, terrorism, homicide and large scale organised crime.

Nick was called to the bar by Middle Temple in 1998. He has a Masters degree In Criminal Litigation awarded by the Inns of Court School of Law, London. Prior to joining the CCRC he had a busy private practice at the criminal bar, both Prosecuting and Defending.

Shenaz Muzaffer: Deputy Head of Division and Head of CPS International

Shenaz MuzafferShenaz Muzaffer is Deputy Head of Division and Head of CPS International. Following six years of practice at the private Bar, Shenaz joined the Crown Prosecution Service in 2008 as a Senior Crown Advocate in the West Midlands, specialising in the prosecution of serious sexual offences, fraud, conspiracies, and violent offences.  She joined CPS International Division in 2013 and has been deployed on three overseas postings for the CPS.  

She spent two years seconded as State Counsel to the Attorney-General’s Office in Seychelles, working on the UK counter-piracy mission, followed by a posting to the UAE as an asset recovery advisor.  She then spent three years in Washington, D.C. as the CPS liaison prosecutor to the USA. She was appointed as Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor and Head of CPS International Division in 2020.

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Rose-Marie Franton: Deputy Head of Division - Organised Crime

Rose-Marie Franton profile photoRose-Marie Franton is Deputy Head of Division with responsibility for Organised Crime.

Rose-Marie started prosecuting in St Albans, where she specialised in sexual offences for 10 years. She joined what was later to become the Counter Terrorism Division in London in 2004, where she prosecuted terrorist, race hatred, and Official Secrets Act cases.

In 2009 she became a Unit Head in the Counter Terrorism Division. In 2012 she joined the Organised Crime Division and is now the Head of Organised Crime.

Claire Walsh: Deputy Head of Division -  Extradition

Claire WalshClaire joined the Crown Prosecution Service in 1990 as a newly qualified Solicitor. Claire prosecuted in the Crown Prosecution Service London for eleven years, covering a wide range of magistrate’s courts and specialising in Child Abuse and Rape casework.

In 2001 Claire moved to the Crown Prosecution Service in West Yorkshire. During this time Claire qualified as a Higher Court Advocate and became a DCP. Claire became Unit Head in 2017, running both the Crown Court and acting as the Head of Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Teams.

In 2019 Claire was appointed as the Deputy Head of the International Justice and Organised Crime Division and became the Head of the Extradition Team. This involves responsibility for all extradition requests made to the United Kingdom by overseas authorities, and all requests made by Crown Prosecution Service areas for extradition from non-European Union countries. The team also leads on Brexit planning for the Crown Prosecution Service.

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