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Wessex

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. All hand deliveries must be made by appointment only.

Our main contact number is 02380 673800.

Email addresses:

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

Crown Court: Wessexcrowncourtunit@cps.gov.uk.cjsm.net

Magistrates' Court:

Fraud: WessexFraudUnitGeneralEnquiries@cps.gov.uk.cjsm.net

Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO): Rasso.wessex@cps.gov.uk.cjsm.net

Complex Casework Unit: Wessex.ccu@cps.gov.uk.cjsm.net


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.

Wessex mapThe CPS has 14 Areas across England and Wales - the CPS Wessex Region consists of the counties of Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and Wiltshire.

Chief Crown Prosecutor Joanne Jakymec is the head of CPS Wessex, supported by Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor Kate Anderson.

Emma Tebbutt, the Area Business Manager has responsibility for Business and Operational Delivery functions across the region.

We currently employ 219 members of staff, including lawyers, paralegals, administrators and specialist staff. 

Our Senior Management team, Business Centre, Crown Court, Crown Advocacy Support team and Complex Casework Unit are based in Eastleigh.

We also have a team of in-house Crown Advocates and court support legal staff covering the three counties.

Joanne Jakymec, Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS Wessex

Joanne Jakymec, Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS WessexJoanne qualified as a barrister in 1998 and joined HM Customs and Excise Solicitors Office two years later. She went on to become a Senior Prosecutor and Team Leader in the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office Serious Organised Crime Division.

In 2011, Joanne was appointed Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor and Head of Organised Crime in the CPS. She was responsible for the prosecution of serious organised crime investigated by the National Crime Agency and other law enforcement partners in England and Wales.

Joanne has also worked in CPS London as a Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor, leading on disclosure, advocacy and the prosecution of Crown Court cases.

In June 2017, Joanne became the Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Wessex.

Kate Anderson, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor

Kate Anderson, DCCPKate joined the CPS in 2014, after 15 years in private practice as a criminal solicitor.   

Kate spent two years in the CPS Organised Crime Division before spending 18 months on secondment to the Attorney General’s Office leading on Unduly Lenient Sentences.

On her return to CPS, Kate became Head of Policy in CPS Headquarters, working on disclosure and initiatives under the National Disclosure Improvement Plan. Kate then became a Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor in the Directors’ of Legal Services team, with responsibility for driving forward casework quality.

Kate joined CPS Wessex in July 2020.

Emma Tebbutt, Area Business Manager

Emma has been Area Business Manager for CPS Wessex since October 2018.

Emma's civil service career began in 2000, with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) as an advisor to the long-term unemployed. She then worked in operational lead roles, including time with the Disability Employment Strategy team with the DWP in London.

Further roles followed, including Partnership Manager for one of the most deprived boroughs in London, supporting a smooth transition of Welfare Reforms and working to support young people in the borough affected by gang issues.

Emma moved to the Ministry of Defence in September 2014 as a Customer Service Manager for Defence Business Services (DBS), supporting Front Line Commands (Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and Joint Forces Command). From March 2017, Emma became DBS Transformation Assistant Head.

She joined the CPS in September 2018.

Our Crown Court team is mainly based at our offices in Eastleigh. They are responsible for dealing with cases involving serious offences which have to be tried by a jury, or where the magistrates’ courts do not have sufficient sentencing powers for the seriousness of the crime.

Casework includes murders, robberies, serious assaults, dwelling house burglaries, complex fraud, the supply and trafficking of drugs, and the most serious road traffic offences, especially those that result in a fatality.

Our magistrates’ court team is mainly based at our Portsmouth Offices, with two support teams based at our Chippenham and Eastleigh offices. They are responsible for prosecuting a wide range of offences, generally those for which the maximum sentence is six months' imprisonment.

Casework includes domestic abuse, assaults, hate crimes, criminal damage, minor public order incidents, minor traffic offences (excluding those dealt with by the police as police-led prosecutions), possession of drugs, dangerous dog offences and commercial burglaries.

Our Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO) Unit is a dedicated specialist team which prosecutes cases such as rape, serious sexual assaults and child abuse. The lawyers in this team, which is based in our Portsmouth office, are all specially trained and fully understand the sensitivities of prosecuting cases of this nature.

The CPS Wessex Complex Casework Unit handles our most serious and high profile cases. These can include murders, large-scale child abuse or abduction. 

Our specialist prosecutors in the Wessex Fraud Centre deal with offending that has taken place in London, Surrey, East Sussex, West Sussex, Kent, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Wiltshire and Hertfordshire.

Casework includes fraudulent claims for Student Loads, Child Maintenance, Tax Credits, Disability Living Allowance and the fraudulent evasion of duty by selling prohibited or restricted goods.

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Working with you

Local Scrutiny and Involvement Panels provide the opportunity for local communities to work with us to improve our response to hate crime, domestic abuse and rape and serious sexual assault conviction rates, ensuring that lessons are learnt and good practice identified.

CPS Wessex participates in three Local Criminal Justice Boards which bring together the Chief Officers from agencies within the criminal justice system. The boards work to improve public confidence in the criminal justice system and raise awareness of the agencies within it.

Current priorities focus on securing an increase in the number of offences brought to justice, caring for victims and witnesses of crime and improving public confidence in the criminal justice system.

The Chief Crown Prosecutor, amongst other staff, sits on each board alongside the police, probation, prison service and court service. 

Victims and Witnesses

There will inevitably be some circumstances when the prosecution has to make a decision to discontinue or substantially alter a charge in a case.

When this happens we will tell victims what we have done and why. In some of the more serious cases we will offer to meet the victim to explain our decision.

Victims have the right to request a review of a decision to discontinue proceedings or offer no evidence in a case.

Victims' Right to Review Scheme

Contact us

2nd Floor
Black Horse House
8-10 Leigh Road
Eastleigh
Hampshire
SO50 9FH
Switchboard: 02380 673800

Victim Liaison Unit, Including Complaints and Victims' Right to Review, public enquiries
Telephone: 02380 673868
Email: Victimliaison.wessex@cps.gov.uk

Finance
Telephones: 02380 673811 / 02380 683301

News Centre

The Area Communications Manager only deals with queries from member of local media.

Telephone: 02380 673809
Email: wessex.communications@cps.gov.uk

If you are a member of the national media, please call the CPS Press Office on 020 3357 0906 or email cps.pressoffice@cps.gov.uk

Out of hours: 07590 617233 for emergency media queries only.

Contact information for 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 cases

Switchboard: 023 92856210

Request for disclosure in relation to first hearing or any queries about first hearing cases FirstHearingMags.Wessex@cps.gov.uk.cjsm.net

Request for anything in relation to ongoing cases or matters being adjourned in the Magistrates' Court CaseProgressionMags.Wessex@cps.gov.uk.cjsm.net

Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit

Switchboard: 023 80673800
Email: Rasso.wessex@cps.gov.uk.cjsm.net

Complex Casework Unit

Switchboard: 023 80673800
Email: Wessex.ccu@cps.gov.uk.cjsm.net

Crown Court cases

Black Horse House, 8-10 Leigh Road , Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 9FH
DX 148580 Eastleigh 4
Switchboard: 023 80673800

Gateway team: Deals with volume cases anything up to a four day (included) trial estimate.
Allocated team: Custody cases, anything with a trial estimate in excess of four days.
Wessexcrowncourtunit@cps.gov.uk.cjsm.net

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