Magistrates Courts (Paperwork)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22nd January 1996.

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Photo of Julian Brazier Julian Brazier , Canterbury 12:00 am, 22nd January 1996

That is a welcome answer. An independent inquiry into paperwork in the police force has been conducted by PA Management Consultants, and there is a strong case for having an outside look at the paperwork element of the Crown Prosecution Service because there are concerns, legitimate or not, about delays. We should consider widening the scope of cases that can be handled by the use of guilty pleas through the post, which greatly reduces cost and time in the prosecution process.