Crown Prosecution Service: Standards

Attorney General written question – answered on 18th July 2022.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Future of Work), Shadow Minister (Business and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Attorney General, what the average time was between the Crown Prosecution Service receiving a referral and making a charging decision in the most recent period for which data is available.

Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson The Solicitor-General

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) does not collect data showing the average time from receiving a referral to making a legal charging decision. Legal charging decisions are decisions to authorise a charge, to take no further action or recommend and out of court disposal.

However, data is collected showing the average time from the first police referral to the CPS making the decision to authorise a charge. This data is published on the CPS website and on the CJS Delivery Dashboard and shows that during the calendar year 2021, it took on average 39 days from referral to charge.

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