Up to 12,000 criminal cases handled by the Crown Prosecution
Service are to be reviewed following last month’s report that claims racist and
sexist practices exist in the service.
As reported in Personnel Today (31 July 2001), the
CPS is to radically overhaul its HR function after an 18-month enquiry concluded
that it was institutionally racist.
David Calvert-Smith QC, director of public prosecutions for
the CPS, said decisions would now be scrutinised to see if they were affected.
He commented, “This review is an essential part of the work
we have undertaken following the publication of the report. I have made it clear
that the CPS should be a paragon of fairness both in its employment policies
and in its dealings with the public,”
By Paul Nelson