New Director of Public Prosecutions outlines plans to build confidence in CPS

Max Hill QC: the new Director of Public Prosecutions

Max Hill QC: the new Director of Public Prosecutions

Max Hill QC, the new Director of Public Prosecutions, has outlined his plans to build public confidence and trust in the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). Speaking at the Kalisher Lecture – his first public address since taking up office on 1 November – Hill outlined his priorities for the CPS at the commencement of his term.

In addition, Hill explained why helping people understand more about the role of the CPS and how the organisation works and operates within the wider criminal justice system is key.

“Confidence in anything requires understanding,” observed Hill. “I’m not convinced people have a clear understanding of what the CPS does and therefore how we reach our decisions. Tackling this is high on my list. I am, however, under no illusions that public confidence is also based on trust that our work is of the highest quality. There have been some big challenges because of disclosure issues.”

Hill went on to comment: “I want to make sure the focus and momentum of our work designed to drive improvements is maintained over the coming years and hope public confidence will grow as a result.”

In conclusion, Hill outlined: “Throughout my time at the Bar – both prosecuting and defending – I saw first-hand the high quality work of the CPS. My view of the organisation hasn’t changed at closer quarters. I’ve been hugely impressed by what I’ve seen and the people I have met to date. I’m confident that we have the talent and commitment within the criminal justice system to overcome the challenges we face.”

*Read Max Hill’s speech in full

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