South East

CPS South East is currently maintaining core business functions, while doing all we can to minimise in-person contact.

Please communicate with us by email, telephone and secure digital media wherever possible. Royal Mail and other post delivered to our offices will be checked periodically, but normal mail response times cannot be guaranteed.

Email addresses:

If you are a member of public, you can use the following email addresses without including, which will work only for members of the Criminal Justice Secure Mail system. DO NOT use these addresses to send sensitive information unless via

Crown Court work


Magistrates' Court Unit work:



  • If you are contacting us about a Kent case, please call 01227 866000
  • If you are calling in relation to a Surrey case, please call 01273 765600
  • If your enquiry relates to a Sussex case, please call 01483 468220

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is the main prosecuting authority in England and Wales. 

South East mapThe CPS has 14 Areas across the country, each headed by a Chief Crown Prosecutor and the South East Area is responsible for prosecuting cases in Kent, Surrey and Sussex only.

We serve 4.5 million people and the area we cover is spread over 3,700 square miles, including major entry ports to the UK, such as London Gatwick Airport, the Channel Tunnel and the Port of Dover. 

CPS South East is headed up by Chief Crown Prosecutor Frank Ferguson, who is supported by Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutors Paul Stimson and Adele Kelly and Area Business Manager Jennifer Offord.

We have over 250 members of staff, consisting of lawyers, paralegal officers and administrators. Our staff work in one of three different teams out of offices in Canterbury, Brighton, Guildford, Newcastle and Middlesbrough.

We also have an Area Business Centre, which includes specialist administrative functions such as human resources, finance, communications and performance, all of which help to support the rest of the business.

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Frank Ferguson, Chief Crown Prosecutor

Frank Ferguson, CCPFrank Ferguson took up the role of Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS South East in November 2018.

Frank, a barrister, joined the CPS in 1992 as a legal trainee in the Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Area. He then became a Higher Courts Advocate and Unit Head in Norwich, before moving to CPS Direct between 2004 and 2006 as a legal manager.

He was Chief Crown Prosecutor in Cambridgeshire from 2010 and subsequently Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for the East of England, with direct oversight of the most serious and complex cases.

Prior to joining CPS South East, he was Deputy Head in the Specialist Fraud Division with responsibility for London, before moving to the Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division as Head of Special Crime.

Frank has led national projects, such as the implementation of the Speaking to Witnesses at Court Guidance and is national lead for immigration crime.

Paul Stimson, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor 

Paul Stimson joined the CPS as a Senior Crown Prosecutor in the East Midlands, first working on the advocacy team in the Magistrates’ Court. He became a Crown Advocate, before being promoted to the position of District Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Advocacy team in 2013.

He became a Senior District Crown Prosecutor in 2015, before taking up his current role as Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor in the South East in May 2017.

Adele Kelly, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor

Adele joined the CPS in 2004 from private practice in the City, where she specialised in commercial and insurance litigation matters. She was initially a casual prosecutor in the Thames and Chiltern area, before becoming a substantive Crown Prosecutor and then Senior Crown Prosecutor.

She moved across to the Crown Court Team, before deputising as District Crown Prosecutor (DCP) and then taking up the role on a substantive basis in 2014, moving to CPS London to lead the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO) Team.

She returned to CPS Thames and Chiltern in June 2017, as Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor (DCCP) with responsibility for Magistrates’ Court work before taking up her current role as DCCP in the South East in May 2018.

Jennifer Offord, Area Business Manager

Jennifer joined the CPS in 2006 as a witness care officer, progressing to manage the witness care unit. Since then, she has worked in a variety of roles, including Paralegal Business Manager and as a project manager in our Headquarters team, responsible for a series of national projects.

She then became the Business Manager for the Operations Directorate and Private Office, before taking up her current post in the South East in February 2017. 

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The Magistrates’ Court Team is made up of prosecutors, supported by a team of administrators, who help to ensure cases are prepared digitally and ready for court. Our prosecutors either work as advocates in the Magistrates’ Courts across Kent, Surrey and Sussex or in one of our offices preparing cases where we anticipate people will plead not guilty and the case will go to trial. 

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The Crown Court team has prosecutors and a team of paralegal and administrative staff, who help to prepare cases. The majority of prosecutors in this team review cases and ensure they are ready for court, but we have a team of Crown Advocates, who prosecute cases in the Crown Court. 

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Our Complex Casework Unit (CCU) deals with the most complex cases in the South East and handles one of the largest volumes of complex cases in the country. Their work includes dealing with human trafficking, cross border crimes, “cold case” murders, fatal road collisions, sudden infant death, substantial fraud, money laundering and major public disorder offences. 

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Our Rape and Serious Sexual Offences team (RASSO) is staffed by specially trained lawyers and paralegal officers and they handle rape cases, including attempted rape, along with child sexual abuse cases, including historic cases and all other serious sexual offences. 

Working with you

CPS South East is committed to providing the best possible service we can to victims and witnesses in our cases, as they are vital in helping us to bring people to justice.

We work with the members of our Local Scrutiny Involvement Panels to improve the prosecution process as a whole. They are made up of community representatives and invited members from other agencies in the criminal justice system, such as the police. One panel looks at hate crime, while the other focuses on violence against women and girls. They both review our performance and randomly selected cases to see where improvements can be made.

Victims and Witnesses

Victims and witnesses are vital in helping the Crown Prosecution Service to bring people to justice in Kent, Surrey and Sussex and ensuring that they receive the best possible service from the CPS is one of our priorities.

We have held a series of workshops for our staff, so they can hear from victims themselves and organisations that work with victims. The aim was to give them an understanding of how victims view the way they are treated during the cases we prosecute.

Below, you will find details of local organisations that can support you if you have been the victim of a rape, sexual abuse, hate crime or domestic abuse, as we understand how difficult it can be to come forward and report any of these types of crimes. 

Contact details for Victims' Right to Review and complaints

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 click here.

South East contact point for Victims' Right to Review enquiries:
Telephone: 01273 322283

Please note that the scheme applies only in relation to qualifying decisions made on or after 5 June 2013. 

Victims' Right to Review Scheme

Get support

  • East Kent Rape Crisis Centre - supporting survivors of rape and childhood sexual abuse 
  • Family Matters - counselling service for children and adult survivors of sexual abuse and rape located in Kent 
  • MCCH – supporting people across the South East with autism, learning disability and mental health issues. 
  • Outline, Surrey - providing confidential support and information for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans, their families and friends. 
  • Possability People – working with disabled people, older people and young people, or anyone with an impairment or long term health condition serving Brighton and Hove and parts of East and West Sussex. 
  • Rise, Domestic Abuse - domestic abuse charity providing sanctuary and support in Sussex. 
  • Victim Support - providing support for victims and witnesses. 
  • You & Co – Victim Support’s youth programme, which helps young people cope with the impact and effects of crime. 

Contact us

Riding Gate House
37 Old Dover Road
Kent, CT1 3JG
Telephone: 01227 866000
General Fax: 01227 866001
DX: 5349 Canterbury 1

Millmead House
Guildford, GU2 4BB
Telephone: 01483 468200
General Fax: 01483 468282
DX: 122041 Guildford 10

Brighton Police Station
John Street
East Sussex
Telephone: 01273 765600
General Fax: 01273 765606
DX: 149840 Hove 6

News Centre

If you are a local or regional journalist in Kent, Surrey or Sussex, please contact

Area Communications Manager
Cheryl Pendry

Telephone: 01227 655862
Mobile: 07876 390054

If you are a member of the national media, please call the CPS Press Office on 020 3357 0906 or email
Out of hours: 07590 617233 for emergency media queries only.


If you would like to provide feedback or make a complaint on any aspect of our service, we would like to hear from you. Please note we can only enter into email correspondence about cases via secure email addresses, i.e. emails sent from gsi or pnn CJSM email accounts.

If you have any feedback or complaints, contact us via email at or by calling 01273 322283 between 9:00am and 5:00pm on weekdays.

Before contacting us please note:

  • We do not provide legal advice. 
  • We cannot enter into email correspondence about cases. 
  • If you have feedback or a complaint, please use the link on the footer. 

If you are contacting us about a specific case, you will need to contact the team responsible. This is divided by county and whether the case is being held in the Magistrates’ or Crown Court:

Magistrates' courts:

Crown Courts:

NB: The above email addresses must not be used to send evidence or other material that contains personal data about court cases.

Contact Information for the defence

The following email addresses are for the sole use of defence firms who are on the Criminal Justice Secure email system (CJSM).

Please note if you have sent this email from any account other than a CJSM account, we will not respond electronically to your request. Further information on CJSM.

Please ensure that the following information is provided in the email:

SUBJECT BOX - Unique Reference Number (URN) and court centre.
BODY OF EMAIL - Defendant's name, date of birth, date of hearing and nature of request.

Failure to include this information will result in a delay processing your request.

Magistrates' Court
All requests for Initial Detail of Prosecution Cases (IDPC) should be emailed to

Area-based charging
For Complex Casework Unit cases, please email

If you have a query, correspondence, digital evidence or charging information relating to a RASSO case, please email

Community engagement

If you’re interested in joining the Local Scrutiny Involvement Panel, please contact our Inclusion and Community Engagement Manager, Madeline Denny.

Telephone: 01273 322281