CPS Casework Quality Standards Consultation

Introduction  So. What do you think about CPS and Quality? Stop sniggering at the back now. Well, the CPS are reviewing their ‘Casework Quality Standards’ and want your views on the new ones. It’s important. As they say “The standards set out what ‘quality’ looks like in CPS casework” .   Proposal This is a…

Guilty and Charged

Introduction If you’re an employee of the MoJ and/or a fan of ‘blue sky thinking’ with any policy influence, then please look away now – I don’t want you getting any ideas. Right. It’s always worth looking at other common law countries (there’s some interesting stuff from Canada about the Victim Surcharge at the moment…

8 Positives to take from losing in Operation Cotton

Introduction The Court of Appeal dashed the hopes of a thousand legal aid lawyers on 21st May 2014 when they allowed the Prosecution appeal in the Operation Cotton case. Despite my previous statement that it doesn’t matter who wins, and knowing that this outcome was really inevitable, I’ll confess to a slight annoyance when the…

The PDS Business Plan (I – Police Station)

Introduction The Operation Cotton appeal has been heard and we await the Court of Appeal’s response. One aspect that caused some level of derision in the legal community is the fact that the MoJ’s answer to the fact that people won’t do VHCCs at a 30% reduction is to bulk up the Public Defender Service…

Operation Cotton – does it matter who wins?

Introduction On 13th May 2014, the Court of Appeal heard, and reserved judgment in, the Prosecutor’s appeal in the Operation Cotton case. Permission was given by Leveson P for the proceedings to be filmed, but unfortunately it wasn’t possible to watch it live (but I am hoping for a highlights package at some time). There…