CPS issues performance data outlining impact of coronavirus (COVID-19)

CPS issues performance data outlining impact of coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has published prosecution data for the first quarter of 2020–21 which outlines that the number of suspects being referred and charged remains stable, while the volume of outstanding cases has rises from 109,469 to over 170,000. Despite technology being used to enable remote hearings on urgent matters, the number of cases being finalised fell from 107,497 to 41,508 between 1 April and 30 June 2020, which was predominantly due to the reduction in court capacity. Magistrates’ courts experienced the greatest impact, while the increase in Crown Court caseload was smaller, from 45,268 to 47,566. CPS Chief Executive Officer, Rebecca Lawrence, stated: ‘There is no doubt the coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on the CPS - particularly the number of prosecutions being finalised - as it has on the entire criminal justice system. However, our rapid adoption of technology during lockdown meant we were able to hold steady the number of cases being charged and conduct many more remote hearings than would otherwise have been possible.’

Source: Impact of coronavirus revealed in latest CPS performance data

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