Prosecutions: Witnesses

Attorney-General written question – answered on 30th November 2010.

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Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes Conservative, Romsey and Southampton North

To ask the Attorney-General what proportion of cases in which the Crown Prosecution Service called witnesses from abroad resulted in convictions in the latest period for which figures are available.

Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve The Attorney-General

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is responsible for the prosecution of criminal cases in the magistrates courts, the youth court and the crown courts in England and Wales.

The CPS does not keep a central record of the outcome of cases where a witness from abroad had been called to court to give evidence. More detailed enquiries would require staff to manually sift through all CPS records, which would incur a disproportionate cost.

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