Improvements vow after review of CPS

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SOUTH Yorkshire’s Crown Prosecution Service has pledged to ensure ‘the best possible outcome for victims and witnesses of crime’ after an inspection warned improvements need to be mad.

Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate published its findings of a review it carried out into how the CPS Yorkshire and Humberside Group runs and performs.

The way the county’s way complex casework unit performs was among the issues looked at.

It found although the quality of work for most serious cases was of a good standard, improvements are needed for some aspects of casework handling and decision-making at the charging stage.

The inspection also found ‘case progression’ could be improved, pointing out none of the units in the Yorkshire and Humberside group were functioning fully effectively at the time of the review.

Standard and quality of casework found during the inspection showed there was ‘significant room for improvement’ and core quality standards expected by the CPS were ‘not being met in crucial aspects’.

Four Chief Crown Prosecutors in South Yorkshire since 2007 meant there has been a ‘lack of stability at senior management level for a number of years’.

But Martin Goldman, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Yorkshire and Humberside, said: “We’ve now introduced a number of measures to improve quality and efficiency.”

“We’re also working closely with the police and the courts to identify and remove any inefficiency from our joint systems. We’re actively working together to push the digital agenda which will help the whole criminal justice service achieve a higher level of quality.

“This will ensure all of our systems complement each other so we can work together to achieve the best possible outcome for victims and witnesses of crime.”