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Crown Prosecution Service

Volume 404: debated on Thursday 8 May 2003

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To ask the Solicitor-General how many complaints were made against the Crown Prosecution Service in each year since 1997 to 2003; and what the outcome was. [111121]

The Crown Prosecution Service holds records of complaints dating back to 1998. The number of complaints received in each year for which figures are available were as follows:

Number
19982,423
19992,192
20002,793
20012,815
20023,080

However, no central record is held of the outcome of complaints. The majority of complaints relate to prosecutions handled locally by the 42 areas of the Crown Prosecution Service. The details of complaints and the responses to them could be ascertained only by examining the individual case records held in each Crown Prosecution Service office.