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Crown Prosecution Service

Solicitor-General written question – answered on 27th October 2005.

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Photo of Sally Keeble Sally Keeble Labour, Northampton North

To ask the Solicitor-General what steps he is taking to speed up decision-making in the Crown Prosecution Service.

Photo of Mike O'Brien Mike O'Brien Solicitor General, Law Officers' Department

The decision to prosecute is made on a case by case basis and is only taken following a thorough review of the available evidence by a Crown prosecutor, in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

Every effort is made to make these decisions within a reasonable time period. However, due to the complexity of some cases, some decisions may take longer.

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