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The Introduction of the Streamlined Process: The Crown Prosecution Service
HC 1584, Report by the Comptroller and Auditor General, Session 2010-12
- National Audit Office (NAO)
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'The Introduction of the Streamlined Process: The Crown Prosecution Service (HC 1584)' analyses the national initiative introduced in 2008 by the Crown Prosecution Service and the Association of Chief Police Officers to cut the amount of paperwork in prosecution files when dealing with straightforward cases. This process aims to reduce the time burden on police forces, without diminishing the effectiveness of the magistrates' courts.
This report finds wide differences between individual police forces in how far they are complying with the guidance and lack of awareness among police officers about what to include in prosecution files.
Alongside an estimated £10 million a year which the initiative could save police forces, it has the potential to reduce the size of prosecution files without increasing adjournments in court or reducing the number of guilty pleas. The Streamlined Process has not yet achieved its potential value for money, but has not had a negative impact on the progression of cases through the magistrates' courts.
The project management of the national roll-out of the initiative was flawed. Almost 80% of police files examined contained a disproportionate amount of paperwork and more than half of the files reviewed did not summarse key evidence to a high enough standard. The process was rolled out nationally before its pilots were completed and evaluated.
Among the recommendations in the report is that, when government departments design initiatives, they must bear in mind the powers of the national and local bodies that will be driving the initiatives forward and the relationships between those bodies.
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