Results 781–800 of 976 for speaker:Professor Ross Cranston

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Crown Prosecution Service (20 May 1999)

Professor Ross Cranston: Sir Iain Glidewell's review of the CPS made three recommendations specific to London. First, that CPS London should be organised broadly along the same lines as other CPS areas covering large conurbations. This has been accepted. A new chief Crown prosecutor for London has been appointed, supported by an area business manager. Secondly, Sir kin recommended that assistant chief Crown...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Crown Prosecution Service (20 May 1999)

Professor Ross Cranston: I would not dare, Madam Speaker, given what you have said. I can tell my hon. Friend who is assiduous in pursuing criminal justice issues in his area, that there are no plans at present to transfer work that is being undertaken by the Bexley team at London Bridge to Croydon. Also, as a result of an earlier review, the branch has already implemented a system whereby a dedicated team of staff...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Private Sector Lawyers (20 May 1999)

Professor Ross Cranston: The Crown Prosecution Service and the Serious Fraud Office have no immediate plans to increase the use of private sector lawyers. The CPS is working with the Bar to foster closer working relationships while seeking to increase the use of in-house lawyers employed by the CPS who have achieved success in obtaining the higher court advocacy qualification. The aim is to increase competition,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Private Sector Lawyers (20 May 1999)

Professor Ross Cranston: All prosecution services can instruct private sector lawyers or in-house lawyers with the higher court advocacy qualification. The decision depends on the circumstances of the case. There has been no significant change in their use recently, one way or the other. My hon. Friend's comment has a certain validity. If there are suitable local lawyers, I am sure that the CPS will consider...

Oral Answers to Questions — Attorney-General: Private Sector Lawyers (20 May 1999)

Professor Ross Cranston: I am sure that we would encourage lawyers in private practice to join the CPS. The CPS advertises and has very flexible arrangements for extended leave. That is particularly advantageous to married women who may go on maternity leave and then want to stay away for longer. We encourage outside people to apply to the CPS. No stigma will attach to those who left service some time ago.

Oral Answers to Questions — Crown Prosecution Service (22 Apr 1999)

Professor Ross Cranston: There is a continuing interest in the restructuring of the Crown Prosecution Service. The Attorney-General and I regularly receive inquiries from people—including hon. Members—about the service. The Glidewell report on the CPS made a number of recommendations aimed at improving the efficiency of the service. Additionally, the Government decided to restructure the CPS into 42 geographical...

Oral Answers to Questions — Crown Prosecution Service (22 Apr 1999)

Professor Ross Cranston: On the whole, cases moves quickly through the CPS. However, the hon. Gentleman has a valid point in relation to the handling of victims and the relations of victims. Sir lain Glidewell made a specific recommendation about that—one of a handful of recommendations on which we have not yet reached a final decision. We have accepted the principle that the matter must be dealt with much more...

Oral Answers to Questions — Crown Prosecution Service (22 Apr 1999)

Professor Ross Cranston: All hon. Members should have received letters from chief Crown prosecutors in their area, and I would encourage them to make contact with them. CCPs now have greater autonomy in their areas. In addition, the areas are coterminous with the police authorities, so there should be more efficient operation of both the CPS and the police.

Oral Answers to Questions — Crown Prosecution Service (22 Apr 1999)

Professor Ross Cranston: We have been in power for less than two years. We have acted quickly. The right hon. and learned Gentleman was in office for a long time. As soon as we took office we appointed Sir lain Glidewell to review the CPS. It was only proper that he should consider it carefully, and his report has been widely commended. We are now acting on it. As I said in reply to the hon. Member for Southend, West...

Oral Answers to Questions — Government Legal Work (22 Apr 1999)

Professor Ross Cranston: Following the implementation of his new appointment procedures, in accordance with which the vacancies are widely advertised, my right hon. and learned Friend the Attorney-General has recently appointed 48 junior counsel to the Crown C panel. An advertisement inviting applications for the London A and B panels was placed last month, and he will make new appointments to those panels in the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Government Legal Work (22 Apr 1999)

Professor Ross Cranston: It is a pity that my hon. Friend was not able to apply for a position on the panel. The new procedure attracted a large number of exceptionally good applicants, and we have made some very good appointment. It was important to open up the procedure and make it transparent. My hon. Friend makes a valid point about the appointments of counsel in the provinces. As I said, we are in the process...

Oral Answers to Questions — Government Legal Work (22 Apr 1999)

Professor Ross Cranston: I can certainly give that assurance. The decisions were made by a panel appointed by the Attorney-General, but neither he nor I had any involvement in the process.

Oral Answers to Questions — Acquittals (22 Apr 1999)

Professor Ross Cranston: Such cases should always be considered carefully so that the reasons for the acquittal can be established. In some cases the reasons are clear. Where they are not, the Crown Prosecution Service is sympathetic to holding such meetings. The CPS routinely conducts an analysis of all acquittals in the Crown court. A report is prepared by the caseworker who has attended court with counsel, and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Acquittals (22 Apr 1999)

Professor Ross Cranston: I am aware of the very sad case to which my hon. Friend referred. Juries sometimes come to inexplicable conclusions, as anyone who has been involved with jury trials knows. That does not mean that the jury was wrong, or that it was wrong for the CPS to bring the case. It is simply the nature of the process. Juries can come to unexpected conclusions. There is a good case for debriefing on a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Acquittals (22 Apr 1999)

Professor Ross Cranston: I am not aware of the case that the hon. Gentleman has raised. If he writes to me, I shall look into it. The CPS receives reports of adverse performance by particular counsel, as a result of which such counsel might not be briefed in the future. Both the hon. Gentleman and my hon. Friend the Member for Pendle (Mr. Prentice) have raised a serious matter, and I shall look into it.

Oral Answers to Questions — Hamilton v. Al Fayed (22 Apr 1999)

Professor Ross Cranston: Treasury Counsel's fees and the costs of the Treasury Solicitors Department in that case came to a combined total of £13,451.

Oral Answers to Questions — Hamilton v. Al Fayed (22 Apr 1999)

Professor Ross Cranston: That did not involve any fee on my part.

Oral Answers to Questions — Hamilton v. Al Fayed (22 Apr 1999)

Professor Ross Cranston: We entered as a neutral party. That was accepted in the Court of Appeal decision. We were not taking sides on behalf of Mr. Hamilton or on behalf of the defendant. We were putting the important arguments raised with us by the House authorities on the parliamentary privilege point. The Court of Appeal accepted the important point that we made about the courts respecting the procedures of the...

Orders of the Day — Access to Justice Bill [Lords] (14 Apr 1999)

Professor Ross Cranston: The right hon. and learned Member for North-East Bedfordshire (Sir N. Lyell) started by saying that this has been a good debate. I agree. My hon. Friends participated fully and vigorously and made many good points. Initially, we were disappointed because it looked as though the main Opposition party would field only two Back Benchers, but the hon. Member for Solihull (Mr. Taylor) was...

Orders of the Day — Access to Justice Bill [Lords] (14 Apr 1999)

Professor Ross Cranston: On the whole, my hon. Friends welcome the Bill. I will come to some of the points raised. I hope that I am addressing some of their concerns. Let me make a further point about conditional fees in relation to uplift. Under our proposals, the uplift will be recoverable from the losing party. That means that losing parties will be much more willing to challenge the level of uplift than are...


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