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CPS Director of Legal Practice and quality assurance wins Jewel Award


Raj Joshi, Director of Legal Practice and quality assurance for the CPS has won a Lloyds TSB Southern Jewel Award for Public Service Excellence. The awards, now in their fifth year, "celebrate the continued achievements of British Asians" and took place at the London Hilton, Park Lane on 15th September 2007.

Out of over 6200 nominations just 18 of the most prominent figures from Southern England's Asian Community were short listed for the seven awards on offer. Raj's inclusion in this select group and subsequent win, consolidates his position as one of the UK's foremost Asian Lawyers and a champion of equality and justice.

From humble beginnings as the son of an Indian immigrant family living in a single room in London, unable to speak English, Raj has throughout a remarkable career worked hard to become the public figure that he is today. Arguing for the incorporation of the European Convention of Human Rights into UK law as a Bar student, organising charity concerts as a pupil barrister, formulating CPS policies, raising awareness of human trafficking, and making recommendations for the development of foreign legal systems in places such as Kosovo, Serbia and Venezuela, have been just a part of this inspiring journey.

Mr Joshi said of his award:

"I am pleased and honoured to receive the award for Public Service Excellence, and to be a part of the amazing wealth of British Asian talent that exists in England today. I hope that my award will indicate to others from Black and Minority Ethnic Backgrounds that prejudices and restraints in this country are being aggressively dismantled, and that within forward-thinking organisations such as the CPS they can find an environment in which to excel. This award recognises the CPS' contribution to public service and how, as a world-class organisation, it encourages community engagement, diversity and excellence in all its operations."

For further information please contact: Communications Officer, CPS London on 0207 710 3424