CPS needs to 'get the basics right' says report author

These enormous sums mask the even greater emotional cost to victims and witnesses, who may become so disillusioned with the courts that they will not use the justice system again, and, worse still not even bother to report crime. Only by getting the basics right will the CPS reduce the number of dropped and delayed cases and bring villains to justice swiftly.

Witnesses and victims need to know the exact time, day and place to attend, prosecution barristers should be able to see case papers in advance, not at 9am for a 10am start, and the CPS, police and prosecution barristers should directly communicate before the trial to make sure it is ready."

– Tony Arbour, Conservative London Assembly Member and author of 'Justice Postponed'

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Hundreds of court cases failing

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