Crown Prosecution Service
Ms Harriet Harman (Solicitor General, Law Officers' Department; Camberwell and Peckham, Labour)
The Code for Crown Prosecutors, which sets out the guidance for prosecutors, is a publicly available document issued by the Director of Public Prosecutions. Detailed legal guidance that underpins the Code is available on the Crown Prosecution Service's website.
The Crown Prosecution Service now routinely explains to victims its decisions to discontinue or down grade the charges.
The Crown Prosecution Service explains its role to communities at both local and national levels and consults on the development of its prosecution policies, in particular in the areas of domestic violence, race crime, homophobic crime and the prosecution of rape offences.