The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales. Mersey-Cheshire is one of 13 areas within the CPS and covers Merseyside and Cheshire. It is headed by Chief Crown Prosecutor Claire Lindley.
In the past year, CPS Mersey-Cheshire has prosecuted 31,112 cases in the Area’s Magistrates’ Courts and 3,958 in the Crown Courts. Of those cases, 87.9% resulted in convictions in the Magistrates’ Courts and 84.7% resulted in convictions in the Crown Courts.
Hate Crime and Crimes Against Older People
The Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders, says:
“All crime is unacceptable but offences that are driven by hostility or hatred based on personal characteristics set a particular challenge to a civilised society. For the Crown Prosecution Service therefore, effectively addressing all forms of hate crime and crimes targeting older people remains a core commitment.”
The Association of Chief Police Officers and the Crown Prosecution Service have agreed a common definition of hate crime:
“Any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s race or perceived race; religion or perceived religion; sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation; disability or perceived disability and any crime motivated by hostility or prejudice against a person who is transgender or perceived to be transgender.”
The Code for Crown Prosecutors governs how we make decisions about the prosecution of crime, including hate crime, and our Core Quality Standards provide a set of performance standards for all aspects of our work, including prosecutions. All Crown Prosecution Service areas have a Hate Crime Coordinator who undertakes performance management, community and stakeholder engagement and the implementation of legal policy and guidance within the Area. Below are some useful links.