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Short Update: New report assessing the British Crown Prosecution Service response to COVID-19

FairTrialsAdmin - July 2, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Remote Justice, Delayed or accelerated proceedings

The HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate ("HMCPSI"), in charge of the inspection of prosecution services, published a report of its review of the Crown Prosecution Service ("CPS") response to COVID-19. The HMCPSI's evaluation of the CPS' performance during the lockdown period is positive. It concluded that the CPS was “well placed to deal with the immediate crisis”' and praised the CPS' overnight move to remote working and the effective level of service provided. The report notes however, that some changes effected in response to the crisis will have a major impact on the criminal justice system which must be considered carefully as lockdown eases. HMCPSI stresses in particular the increased challenges faced by victims and witness dues to the coronavirus crisis and the backlogs that are building up. 

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