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unstar this property answer text <p>When prosecuting cases of encouraging or assisting suicide, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) prosecutors make decisions in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors and the Director of Public Prosecutions Policy for Prosecutors in respect of cases of Encouraging or Assisting Suicide.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Following the recent Supreme Court Judgement in the case of ‘Nicklinson and others’, the policy was updated on the 16 October 2014 to clarify issues raised regarding healthcare professionals (and others with similar responsibilities for individuals).</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>A copy of the updated policy is available on the CPS website at: <a href="http://www.cps.gov.uk/publications/prosecution/assisted_suicide_policy.html" target="_blank">http://www.cps.gov.uk/publications/prosecution/assisted_suicide_policy.html</a></p><p> </p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>This information is not collated centrally and obtaining it would require my office to manually consider each file over the last 5 years which would involve a disproportionate cost.</p><p> </p> more like this
48403
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unstar this property answer text <p>These arrangements are kept under review.</p><p> </p> more like this
77332
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unstar this property answer text <p>There is no prohibition of alcohol in the Law Officers’ Departments. This includes ministerial and official private offices.</p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>There have been no discussions between the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) about implementing the recommendations in HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate report on the disclosure of medical records and counselling notes. The recommendations of the report were that Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) legal guidance on Rape and Sexual Offences was updated and that CPS Headquarters may wish to liaise with ACPO about such disclosure to develop a national police form for use when the police consult complainants. The guidance was updated on 12 December 2013 and the capture of information in a national police form is being considered as part of the work on digitisation of cases files and has been discussed with ACPO.</p><p> </p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The total private finance initiative liabilities (PFI) of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for the next 20 years are set out in the table below.</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>2014/15</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2015/16</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Total</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>£'000</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>£'000</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>£’000</strong></p></td><td><p><strong> </strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>5,933</p></td><td><p>4,554</p></td><td><p>10,487</p></td><td><p> </p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Under their current terms the CPS’s two PFI contracts are set to expire at the end of November 2015. The CPS PFI liabilities will therefore end in 2015/16.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The figures contained in the table above are drawn from Note 16 of the CPS 2013/14 Annual Report and Accounts, ‘Commitments under PFI contracts’.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The remaining Law Officers’ Departments do not have any PFI liabilities.</p><p> </p>
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unstar this property answer text <p>The total cost the CPS incurred in prosecuting the case was £150,710.88. The cost incurred in relation to each defendant individually is not available, as some of the costs were recorded for both defendants collectively.</p><p> </p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The total amount spent on overtime payments by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in each of the last five years by CPS area is shown in the following table.</p><table><tbody><tr><td colspan="6"><p><strong>Overtime payments in the CPS by Area between 2009/10 and 2013/14 (£)</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong><em>£</em></strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2009/10</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2010/11</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2011/12</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2012/13</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2013/14</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Headquarters</strong></p></td><td><p>144,262</p></td><td><p>96,501</p></td><td><p>83,876</p></td><td><p>94,432</p></td><td><p>70,229</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Casework</strong></p></td><td><p>21,754</p></td><td><p>33,838</p></td><td><p>31,187</p></td><td><p>107,198</p></td><td><p>270,687</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>CPS Direct</strong></p></td><td><p>14,700</p></td><td><p>12,255</p></td><td><p>5,363</p></td><td><p>643</p></td><td><p>8,458</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Cymru Wales Area</strong></p></td><td><p>4,566</p></td><td><p>4,646</p></td><td><p>552</p></td><td><p>4,009</p></td><td><p>20,738</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>East Midlands Area</strong></p></td><td><p>63,249</p></td><td><p>25,724</p></td><td><p>11,567</p></td><td><p>13,090</p></td><td><p>116,402</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>East of England Area</strong></p></td><td><p>25,026</p></td><td><p>13,227</p></td><td><p>5,223</p></td><td><p>16,935</p></td><td><p>9,659</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>London Area</strong></p></td><td><p>239,165</p></td><td><p>185,651</p></td><td><p>299,986</p></td><td><p>1,813,590</p></td><td><p>3,098,987</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Merseyside and Cheshire Area</strong></p></td><td><p>8,828</p></td><td><p>16,882</p></td><td><p>4,047</p></td><td><p>24,095</p></td><td><p>38,669</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>North East Area</strong></p></td><td><p>59,981</p></td><td><p>70,553</p></td><td><p>53,665</p></td><td><p>45,448</p></td><td><p>64,732</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>North West Area</strong></p></td><td><p>155,124</p></td><td><p>186,415</p></td><td><p>207,895</p></td><td><p>210,403</p></td><td><p>283,753</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>South East Area</strong></p></td><td><p>86,290</p></td><td><p>57,507</p></td><td><p>41,483</p></td><td><p>120,212</p></td><td><p>164,759</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>South West Area</strong></p></td><td><p>4,599</p></td><td><p>952</p></td><td><p>216</p></td><td><p>13,022</p></td><td><p>19,213</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Thames and Chiltern Area</strong></p></td><td><p>28,142</p></td><td><p>26,816</p></td><td><p>75,171</p></td><td><p>63,002</p></td><td><p>97,399</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Wessex Area</strong></p></td><td><p>5,598</p></td><td><p>2,305</p></td><td><p>4,317</p></td><td><p>1,434</p></td><td><p>35,672</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>West Midlands Area</strong></p></td><td><p>15,445</p></td><td><p>29,667</p></td><td><p>16,834</p></td><td><p>10,823</p></td><td><p>45,221</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Yorkshire &amp; Humberside Area</strong></p></td><td><p>192,538</p></td><td><p>15,686</p></td><td><p>56,680</p></td><td><p>218,192</p></td><td><p>255,737</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Total</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>1,069,266</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>778,626</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>898,060</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2,756,527</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>4,600,314</strong></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
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unstar this property answer text <p>The table below shows, for the CPS in London, the average number of calendar days which have elapsed since the first decision was sought by the police to the date in which the last decision made was to charge. The records held by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) do not identify the number of cases referred to it for advice, by the alleged offence(s).</p><table><tbody><tr><td> </td><td><p><strong>Average Time to a Decision to Charge</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2008 - 2010</strong></p></td><td><p>6.7</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2011 - 2013</strong></p></td><td><p>6.2</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>The CPS in London deals with cases referred to it by both the Metropolitan Police Force and the City of London Police Force and it is not possible to further break down the figures provided without incurring a disproportionate cost.</p><p> </p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The table below shows the proportion of unsuccessful prosecutions in rape cases due to victim issues in each of the last seven years.</p><p>The recording of the reasons for unsuccessful outcomes was changed in April 2013 leading to enhanced recording of victim issues. It is hoped that this may more accurately reflect the rape victim issues the CPS is addressing through the National Rape Action Plan published in June 2014. The Plan includes a specific action to conduct research into the reasons behind victim withdrawals to help identify steps to encourage victims to engage with the court process.</p><p>Previously victim reasons may have been recorded as ‘essential legal element missing' or ‘unreliable witnesses'. Following a change to clarify the definitions in 2013-14, the CPS has seen a fall in these reasons (from 4% to 1.5% and 8.1% to 1.3% respectively). In parallel there has been a rise in recording of unsuccessful outcomes due to victim issues, with the figure rising from 12.5% to 18% of all unsuccessful outcomes, of which 10.8% was due to victim retraction.</p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p><strong>Rape Victim Issues</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2007-2008</strong></p></td><td><p>18.1%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2008-2009</strong></p></td><td><p>17.5%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2009-2010</strong></p></td><td><p>16.5%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2010-2011</strong></p></td><td><p>13.9%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2011-2012</strong></p></td><td><p>11.8%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2012-2013</strong></p></td><td><p>12.5%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>2013-2014</strong></p></td><td><p>18.0%</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Data Source: CPS Management Information System</p><p> </p>