Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions, has today published the final version of new standards for all CPS prosecutors. This follows a consultation with the public, which demonstrated that draft interim standards published in April 2014 were largely in the right place.
Casework Quality Standards apply to all cases prosecuted by the CPS and set out the benchmarks of quality expected by the DPP in every major aspect of CPS work. The four standards also place greater emphasis on the quality of casework and replace the previous 12 Core Quality Standards. The Casework Quality Standards are:
Alison Saunders said: â€œI am grateful to those organisations and individuals who have taken the time to respond to our public consultation – with their help I am confident that we now have a clear set of standards against which both we and the public can measure our performance.
â€œIn particular, these standards are a very clear commitment to victims and witnesses. Our success in prosecuting criminals relies on the willingness of victims and witnesses to engage and give evidence, so itâ€™s right that they should know what to expect from us and be able to hold us to account when necessary. Thatâ€™s why, following consultation with the public, our standards now promise to protect the interests of victims in the court process, which we know can be a difficult experience.
â€œThese are the standards for a modern and forward-looking CPS, with a focus on victims and casework quality. Iâ€™m particularly pleased that the public consultation welcomed, for example, our emphasis on identifying the proceeds of crime and ensuring that criminals do not retain any financial advantage. Such work embodies what we now expect of our public prosecutors; effective, thorough and doing all they can to serve victims and the wider public.â€