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The Crown Prosecution Service is the government department responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales.

As the principal prosecuting authority in England and Wales, we are responsible for:

  • advising the police on cases for possible prosecution
  • reviewing cases submitted by the police
  • determining any charges in more serious or complex cases
  • preparing cases for court
  • presenting cases at court

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CCP consults with local communities

10/11/2005

David Archer, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Avon and Somerset, met with representatives of faith based and BME communities on 28th September 2005 to give an overview of the CPS and where we fit into the Criminal Justice System. He outlined recent developments to attendees including representatives from the British Muslim for young Afro-Caribbean males and Bristol City Council Race forum, regarding issues such as the Charging initiative, Witness Care Units, the policy on prosecution of Hate Crime and summarised the CPS Equality & Diversity practice, employment policy and diversity awareness training.

One of the main objectives of this meeting was to not only inform community organisations and representatives about the CPS' role and approach to the prosecution of Hate Crimes and Equality and Diversity issues, but also to listen and take into account the key concerns of the communities it serves and establishes ongoing dialogue with them. During the meeting attendees were encouraged to discuss their key priorities and how they thought the CPS could increase public confidence in the Criminal Justice System within faith based and BME communities.

During what proved to be a lively and informative meeting, much useful feedback was received and a set of action points drawn up as a basis for continued engagement and relationship building with communities. These included:

  • CPS is eager to come and talk to communities at grass roots level - e.g. in Mosques, community centres etc and will try to accept such invitations;
  • CPS would like to take up invitation of an interview on Radio Ramadan;
  • CPS will find out about the Black Development Association's consultative meetings and link into them if appropriate;
  • CPS will explore the possibility of linking into Bristol City Council's existing 'forums' as a way of undertaking further consultation;
  • CPS will inform people who attend consultation meetings of the outcomes.

Since the meeting a considerable amount of work and progress has been made on completing these action points.

Enquiries to Avon and Somerset Area Communications Manager on 0117 930 2811