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Crown Prosecution Service

Volume 457: debated on Friday 23 February 2007

To ask the Solicitor-General which cases were considered by the Director of Public Prosecutions in each of the last three years. (122079)

In 2006, the CPS dealt with 1,140,000 cases. Cases are handled at a local level, by CPS offices throughout England and Wales, or by one of the three specialist casework divisions in CPS Headquarters.

The DPP is consulted about, or informed of, a substantial number of cases, on a regular basis. These include cases of importance, complexity, or sensitivity; cases of high media interest; and cases that otherwise involve issues of significant public interest.

The nature and extent of the DPP’s involvement varies from case to case. In some instances, he will simply be informed of key developments in a case; in some instances he will be consulted as to key decisions in a case; and in some instances, he will assume personal responsibility for the decision whether or not to prosecute. His involvement may include reading written briefing material submitted to him; it may include reading the case papers; it may include oral discussion of the case by him with others; and it may include the provision by him of written advice or instructions.

No central record is maintained of the cases that are drawn to the DPP’s attention.