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 across England and Wales and CPS London North Area is one of two Areas in the Greater London Area (CPS London South being the other). It covers most of the London boroughs north of the River Thames (excluding Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster). As well as prosecuting cases investigated by the Metropolitan Police in north London boroughs, the Area also prosecutes cases investigated by City of London Police.
Chief Crown Prosecutor Ed Beltrami is the head of CPS London North and is supported by Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor Jan Lamping, who has responsibility for Magistrates’ and Domestic Abuse teams, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor Helen Draycott, who has responsibility for Crown Court unit, and Ruth Bowskill, who has responsibility for the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO) unit and a pan-London Homicide team. Keith Milburn is the Area Business Manager and has responsibility for Business and Operational Delivery functions across the region.
We currently employ approximately 450 members of staff which consists of lawyers, paralegals and administrators. Our Crown Court teams are based in offices near Victoria and our magistrates’ and domestic abuse teams are based in Southwark. We also have a small number of remote staff based in CPS Wales offices in Cardiff.
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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Ed Beltrami, Chief Crown Prosecutor
With over 20 years’ service within the CPS, Ed is a highly experienced prosecutor and manager. Ed joined the CPS in 1988, working in the Juvenile Branch at CPS London. In 1990 he became a Senior Crown Prosecutor and, in 1992, a Principal Crown Prosecutor.
In 1996 and 1997, Ed was Acting Branch Crown Prosecutor for the Thames/Marlborough Street Branch of CPS London. In 2001, he was appointed Head of the Trials Unit at CPS Thames Valley and in 2003, acted as Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP) for the same Area. Ed was appointed as CCP for CPS North Wales in 2004 and stayed in that role until 2010, when he took up CCP and Deputy CCP positions in the West Midlands.
Ed returned to Wales in 2011 to take on a Deputy CCP role in the newly created CPS Cymru-Wales Area. He was appointed CCP of Wales in December 2012 and CCP for London in January 2017.
Helen Draycott, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor
Helen joined CPS London in June 2014 and is Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor with responsibility for the Crown Court Unit, which prosecutes in five Crown Court centres: Blackfriars, Harrow, Isleworth, Snaresbrook and Wood Green.
She was previously temporary Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Thames and Chiltern, with responsibility for Crown Court performance across the Area. Helen began her prosecution career as a Metropolitan Police solicitor in London in 1983-85, and joined Thames Valley CPS when the organisation was formed in 1986. Since then she has been in various legal management roles at different levels and with numerous responsibilities.
One of her responsibilities with Thames Valley was providing support to the Chief Crown Prosecutor on compliance with the Custody Time Limit regime, and she continues that important role with CPS London.
Jan Lamping, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor
Jan is the Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor (DCCP) responsible for magistrates' and domestic abuse cases in London North. She joined the CPS 27 years ago as a legal trainee in Lancashire. Having worked as a prosecutor in Lancashire and Humberside she was appointed Head of Hull Criminal Justice Unit in 2003.
Between 2003 to 2011 Jan led the Hull Criminal Justice Unit, Hull and East Riding Trials Unit, Scarborough Combined Unit and North Yorkshire Crown Court Unit. In 2012 Jan became a Senior District Crown Prosecutor with CPS Yorkshire and Humberside leading the Humberside Unit and then the North and West Yorkshire Crown Court Unit.
In May 2015 she became DCCP in CPS North East and joined London North as DCCP in May 2017.
Ruth Bowskill, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor
Ruth is the Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor responsible for the London Homicide Team, which operates across the capital, and for all Rape and Serious Sexual Offence (RASSO) prosecutions in London North.
She joined London in June 2017 from CPS Thames and Chiltern, where she has been DCCP since 2012, for the past three years covering the Crown Court side of the business, with a particular interest in the Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) agenda. She joined the CPS in 2002 as a Crown Prosecutor in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, moving through various management positions.
She became a Higher Crown Advocate working in both Crown and magistrates' courts units before becoming a level E prior to her move into the DCCP role
Keith Milburn OBE, Area Business Manager
Keith is the Area Business Manager for CPS London with lead responsibility for Crown Court and advocacy matters. Keith has 30 years' experience in CPS since joining the Service in August 1986, when the Service was first established. He joined from the Department for Constitutional Affairs having had a number of roles supporting the Courts Administrator for the South Eastern Circuit.
When he joined the CPS Keith was assigned to London South and Surrey, working on Kingston, Isleworth and Croydon Crown Court Units. He later moved to Surrey and led the Crown Court Unit for Guildford Crown Court. In 1998 Keith transferred to Headquarters and helped develop and implement the first major IT infrastructure project in CPS - Connect 42. From there he became Head of External Resources and Performance Branch and latterly the Court Business Delivery Unit.
During his time at Headquarters Keith undertook significant roles in relation to advocacy matters, the implementation of Better Case Management and the development and implementation of the Advocate Panel.
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Our Magistrates’ Court Unit prosecutes offences of domestic abuse, assaults, criminal damage, minor public disorder incidents, all but the most serious 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 attempted murder, robberies, serious assaults, dwelling house burglaries, complex fraud and the supply and trafficking of drugs.
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The Homicide unit, which covers the whole of London, deals with murders and the most serious road traffic offences, especially those that result in a fatality. A separate Complex Casework Unit which covers the whole of London is aligned to the CPS London South Area.
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The RASSO Unit is a dedicated and specialised team which prosecutes cases such as rape, serious sexual offences, child abuse, child sexual exploitation, honour based violence and Female Genital Mutilation. 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 victim from the first step of making a complaint to the police, through to giving evidence in a trial.