Crown Prosecution Service: Performance in Wales

Attorney General – in the House of Commons at on 20 October 2022.

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Photo of Craig Williams Craig Williams Conservative, Montgomeryshire

What recent assessment he has made of the performance of the Crown Prosecution Service in Wales.

Photo of Michael Tomlinson Michael Tomlinson The Solicitor-General

The CPS inspectorate recently inspected CPS Wales and commended the area for its strong performance—for example, in disclosure and its good handling of victims and witness care. The CPS maintains excellent relationships with its criminal justice partners and is driving improvements throughout Wales.

Photo of Craig Williams Craig Williams Conservative, Montgomeryshire

The CPS and magistrates courts in Wales have done a terrific job. In fact, they were the first to recover from the pre-pandemic backlog. I recently met Jenny Hopkins, the excellent director of the CPS, and I would encourage and ask the Minister to come to Wales, especially a rural setting such as Montgomeryshire, and have a roundtable to discuss access to justice.

Photo of Michael Tomlinson Michael Tomlinson The Solicitor-General

I heard about my hon. Friend’s very productive meeting with the Chief Crown Prosecutor for Wales, and he rightly raises the excellent work that is being done by CPS Wales to address the magistrates court backlog. He is absolutely right that it is the first area to recover from the impact of covid, and I would be absolutely delighted to join him on a visit to Wales.