Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Press Release – action on Disclosure and urgent sexual violence case review
On Saturday 27 January, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced a package of measures to improve the criminal justice system. These relate specifically to the Disclosure of evidence to defence lawyers.
Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions, added: “We are taking steps to identify any individual cases of concern as a matter of urgency. All cases are subject to regular and ongoing scrutiny, but senior prosecutors across England and Wales are currently assessing all live rape and serious sexual assault cases to check they are satisfied that disclosure obligations have been met.”
Given this news has dominated media headlines over the weekend, First Light understands this news may cause anxiety amongst some of the people we are supporting through the criminal justice system.
Our priority is the people we support. We will work with Devon and Cornwall Police, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Crown Prosecution Service to understand how the impact of the review might impact on current cases.
If you are concerned about your case, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your First Light team member. We continue to support anybody affected by domestic abuse or sexual violence and most people can self-refer into our services, without involvement of the police or other statutory organisations. For more information about our services, please visit: https://www.firstlight.org.uk/get-help/
For further information about the CPS action on disclosure, please see: https://www.cps.gov.uk/news/joint-press-release-crown-prosecution-service-and-national-police-chiefs-council-action