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star this property date less than 2020-01-20more like thismore than 2020-01-20
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Domestic Abuse: Criminal Proceedings more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, what plans he has to increase the amount of time victims of domestic violence are given with the Crown Prosecution Service before being called as a witness at trial. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Barnsley Central more like this
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Dan Jarvis more like this
star this property uin 5428 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2020-01-23more like thismore than 2020-01-23
star this property answer text <p>The Crown Prosecution Service understands that attending court is often an intimidating experience for all victims of crime, including victims of domestic abuse. The Crown Prosecution Service is committed to treating all victims and witnesses at court with respect and sensitivity. Victims of domestic abuse are encouraged to take part in pre-trial familiarisation visits, which can help them understand what will happen when they attend court. Additionally, the Speaking to Witnesses at Court guidance commits the prosecutor to meet the victim before they give their evidence to explain court processes and procedures and answer questions the victim may have.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Northampton North remove filter
star this property answering member printed Michael Ellis more like this
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less than 2020-01-23T13:26:51.463Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-23T13:26:51.463Z
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star this property label Biography information for Michael Ellis more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Dan Jarvis more like this
1170311
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star this property date less than 2020-01-13more like thismore than 2020-01-13
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Forced Marriage: Prosecutions more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, what steps the CPS is taking to improve the prosecution rate of people responsible for forced marriages. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newport West more like this
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Ruth Jones more like this
star this property uin 2607 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2020-01-20more like thismore than 2020-01-20
star this property answer text <p>The CPS takes the prosecution of forced marriage seriously. Each CPS Area has a lead prosecutor on forced marriage who works closely with the police and other prosecutors. The CPS’s legal guidance on forced marriage assists prosecutors and is reviewed regularly. For example, it was revised last year to address cases where the victim lacks capacity to consent to marriage. Since April 2019, the joint police and CPS forced marriage working group has developed training for prosecutors and agreed a protocol for the investigation and prosecution of forced marriage. The CPS is also working with stakeholders to identify and address the obstacles to the prosecution of forced marriage.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Northampton North remove filter
star this property answering member printed Michael Ellis more like this
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less than 2020-01-20T17:14:12.557Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-20T17:14:12.557Z
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star this property label Biography information for Michael Ellis more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Ruth Jones more like this
1170310
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star this property date less than 2020-01-13more like thismore than 2020-01-13
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Domestic Violence: Prosecutions more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, what recent discussions he has had with the Director of Public Prosecutions on the effectiveness of the CPS in prosecuting cases involving domestic violence. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Newport West more like this
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Ruth Jones more like this
star this property uin 2606 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2020-01-20more like thismore than 2020-01-20
star this property answer text <p>The CPS takes cases of domestic abuse extremely seriously, and is determined to bring perpetrators to justice and provide victims with the greatest possible protection from repeat offending.</p><p> </p><p>In 2019, the CPS – together with the police and HM Court and Tribunals Service – led the implementation of a national domestic abuse best practice framework for magistrates’ court cases. This aims to ensure consistent good practice by criminal justice agencies involved in domestic abuse casework, from investigation through to court. For example, it encourages more timely court listings and the provision of holistic support for victims, so that they are helped through both the criminal justice process and with wider issues, such as housing and finances.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Northampton North remove filter
star this property answering member printed Michael Ellis more like this
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less than 2020-01-20T17:12:34.393Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-20T17:12:34.393Z
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star this property label Biography information for Michael Ellis more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Ruth Jones more like this
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star this property date less than 2020-01-09more like thismore than 2020-01-09
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Dangerous Driving: Prosecutions more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, what assessment the Government has made of the effect of appeal and review processes for dangerous driving cases on access to justice for victims and their families. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Huddersfield more like this
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Mr Barry Sheerman more like this
star this property uin 1889 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2020-01-20more like thismore than 2020-01-20
star this property answer text <p>The Victims’ Right to Review (VRR) scheme was launched in June 2013 and provides victims with the opportunity to request a review of a Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decision not to proceed with a prosecution. This can include cases where charges of death by dangerous driving have been considered.</p><p> </p><p>Access to the scheme has been deliberately designed to be as simple and transparent as possible. No reasons or justification for requesting a review are required. A simple request from the victim that they wish for the decision to be reviewed is all that is required. The VRR scheme has been endorsed by the courts and published guidance is available online.</p><p> </p><p>If the reviewing lawyer decides that the original decision was wrong, and a prosecution is required to maintain confidence in the Criminal Justice System, that decision will be overturned and proceedings reinstituted, where possible. All decision making is taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors. Following a review under the VRR scheme, if a victim remains dissatisfied with the decision and wishes to challenge it further, they can apply to the High Court for a judicial review.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Northampton North remove filter
star this property answering member printed Michael Ellis more like this
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less than 2020-01-20T17:09:59.847Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-20T17:09:59.847Z
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star this property label Biography information for Michael Ellis more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Barry Sheerman more like this
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star this property date less than 2020-01-13more like thismore than 2020-01-13
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
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star this property hansard heading Rape: Criminal Proceedings more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, what the average number of days taken from a report of rape to a decision to charge was in each year since 2015. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Torfaen more like this
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Nick Thomas-Symonds more like this
star this property uin 2670 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2020-01-16more like thismore than 2020-01-16
star this property answer text <p>Records held by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) provide data showing the average number of days from receipt of the pre-charge case from the police to the decision to charge. The CPS does not have a record of the number of days from the date a crime was reported to the police to the date the police refer the case to CPS for a charging decision.</p><p> </p><p>The table below shows the average number of days from the date a case is received from the police to the date the decision to charge was taken for cases flagged as rape in each year from 2015/16 to 2018/19.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p>2015 – 2016</p></td><td><p>2016 – 2017</p></td><td><p>2017 – 2018</p></td><td><p>2018 - 2019</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Average police and CPS time to charge</p></td><td><p>52.70</p></td><td><p>67.28</p></td><td><p>77.98</p></td><td><p>107.68</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>In cases where a file is submitted to the CPS for early investigative advice or where there is insufficient evidence to bring a charge at the first referral, the prosecutor will advise the police officer on the further evidence to be gathered. Once this further evidence has been gathered the officer will return the case to the CPS in order for a charging decision to be made. With the increase in use of early investigative advice, the CPS is more often involved at an earlier stage in proceedings, which has an effect on the average number of consultations and overall timeliness.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Northampton North remove filter
star this property answering member printed Michael Ellis more like this
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less than 2020-01-16T17:24:15.39Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-16T17:24:15.39Z
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star this property label Biography information for Michael Ellis more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Nick Thomas-Symonds more like this
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star this property date less than 2020-01-10more like thismore than 2020-01-10
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Dangerous Driving: Victim Support Schemes more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, if he will commission an inquiry into the adequacy of support services for families of victims of dangerous driving during prosecutions for that offence. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Huddersfield more like this
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Mr Barry Sheerman more like this
star this property uin 1886 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2020-01-16more like thismore than 2020-01-16
star this property answer text <p>Supporting victims and witnesses throughout the criminal justice system is a key priority for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). In cases where death has been caused by dangerous driving the CPS offers an enhanced service to bereaved families, meeting with them at crucial stages of the criminal justice process to explain the anticipated progress of the case and what is to be expected at each court hearing. The CPS commitment to bereaved families is incorporated in the Victims’ Code.</p><p>Where a victim or a bereaved family, in a dangerous driving case, is not satisfied with a decision by the CPS not to charge they can seek a review under the CPS Victims Right to Review Scheme. This scheme allows for an independent review of such decisions, which can confirm or overturn them. Bereaved families will be offered a meeting at the end of the review process to discuss the outcome.</p><p>The Code of Practice for Victims of Crime (Victims’ Code) outlines the services victims are entitled to receive, including updates on the progress of their case during an investigation or prosecution. The Government will be consulting shortly on changes to the Victims’ Code, in line with the commitment in its cross-government Victims Strategy.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Northampton North remove filter
star this property answering member printed Michael Ellis more like this
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less than 2020-01-16T16:38:15.323Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-16T16:38:15.323Z
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star this property label Biography information for Michael Ellis more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mr Barry Sheerman more like this
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star this property date less than 2020-01-13more like thismore than 2020-01-13
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Rape: Prosecutions more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, how many and what proportion of cases of suspected rape were given No Further Action as a result of insufficient evidence to proceed in each of the last three years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Torfaen more like this
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Nick Thomas-Symonds more like this
star this property uin 2669 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2020-01-16more like thismore than 2020-01-16
star this property answer text <p>The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) maintains a central record of the number of suspects, flagged as rape suspects, referred to prosecutors for a pre-charge decision and the number of decisions not to prosecute suspects following the charging decision.</p><p>The table below shows the volume and percentage of legal decisions not to prosecute for evidential reasons in each year from 2016/17 to 2018/19.</p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td colspan="2"><p>2016-2017</p></td><td colspan="2"><p>2017-2018</p></td><td colspan="2"><p>2018-2019</p></td></tr><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p>Volume</p></td><td><p>%</p></td><td><p>Volume</p></td><td><p>%</p></td><td><p>Volume</p></td><td><p>%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Legal Decision: No Further Action: Evidential</p></td><td><p>2061</p></td><td><p>31.2%</p></td><td><p>1786</p></td><td><p>29.7</p></td><td><p>1816</p></td><td><p>35.5</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Data Source: Case Management Information System</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Northampton North remove filter
star this property answering member printed Michael Ellis more like this
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less than 2020-01-16T16:33:08.413Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-16T16:33:08.413Z
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star this property label Biography information for Michael Ellis more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Nick Thomas-Symonds more like this
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star this property date less than 2020-01-16more like thismore than 2020-01-16
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
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star this property hansard heading Cybercrime: Prosecutions more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text What recent progress the CPS has made on tackling online crime. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine more like this
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Andrew Bowie more like this
star this property uin 900232 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2020-01-16more like thismore than 2020-01-16
star this property answer text <p>The CPS is committed to robustly prosecuting online crime cases, including offline offences with online elements.</p><p> </p><p>In December, the CPS successfully prosecuted three men who, via fake accounts on an online dating platform, met victims to inflict horrendous violent and homophobic abuse. The defendants received significant custodial sentences of between 15 and 17 years.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Northampton North remove filter
star this property answering member printed Michael Ellis more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 900231 more like this
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less than 2020-01-16T16:03:31.117Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-16T16:03:31.117Z
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star this property label Biography information for Michael Ellis more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Andrew Bowie more like this
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star this property date less than 2020-01-16more like thismore than 2020-01-16
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Attorney General more like this
star this property hansard heading Cybercrime: Prosecutions more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text What recent progress the CPS has made on tackling online crime. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency West Worcestershire more like this
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Harriett Baldwin more like this
star this property uin 900231 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2020-01-16more like thismore than 2020-01-16
star this property answer text <p>The CPS is committed to robustly prosecuting online crime cases, including offline offences with online elements.</p><p> </p><p>In December, the CPS successfully prosecuted three men who, via fake accounts on an online dating platform, met victims to inflict horrendous violent and homophobic abuse. The defendants received significant custodial sentences of between 15 and 17 years.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Northampton North remove filter
star this property answering member printed Michael Ellis more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 900232 more like this
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less than 2020-01-16T16:03:31.077Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-16T16:03:31.077Z
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star this property label Biography information for Michael Ellis more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Harriett Baldwin more like this
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star this property date less than 2020-01-15more like thismore than 2020-01-15
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Attorney General more like this
star this property answering dept id 88 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Attorney General more like this
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star this property hansard heading Sentencing more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Attorney General, if he will extend the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme to include additional offences. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Shipley more like this
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Philip Davies more like this
star this property uin 900229 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2020-01-16more like thismore than 2020-01-16
star this property answer text <p>The Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme is an important avenue for victims, family members and the public to ensure justice is delivered in the most serious cases.</p><p> </p><p>This is why the Government has extended the scheme to cover further child sexual abuse offences, as well as some domestic abuse offences, including controlling and coercive behavior.</p><p> </p><p>The remit of the scheme remains under constant review. We work closely with stakeholders to ensure it appropriately reflects the needs of victims, family members and the public.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Northampton North remove filter
star this property answering member printed Michael Ellis more like this
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less than 2020-01-16T15:53:18.927Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-16T15:53:18.927Z
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star this property label Biography information for Michael Ellis more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Philip Davies more like this