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(p. 193) 7. Prosecutions 

(p. 193) 7. Prosecutions
(p. 193) 7. Prosecutions

Andrew Ashworth

and Mike Redmayne

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date: 17 November 2019

This chapter outlines the purpose and functions of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), evaluates some of the principles they proclaim, and examines empirical evidence of their performance of their various tasks. It notes that, as with other large organizations, formulating the principles and the guidance satisfactorily is not sufficient to ensure that they are implemented in practice. Frank recognition of the gap between rhetoric and reality is rare in the CPS's own documents, but the presence of the Inspectorate (and the publication of a small number of research reports) ensures that a more realistic view of the prosecution system can be obtained.

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