Chief Crown Prosecutor Barry Hughes will explain the role of the CPS in today’s criminal justice system and highlight some recent and likely changes to the our role and the way we work. He will also outline challenges facing the criminal justice system.
He will discuss the CPS and the wider criminal justice system’s role in bringing crimes to justice which represent a threat to individual rights to freedom and safety – or a threat to community cohesion. These crimes include what are referred to as ‘hate crimes’ – crimes motivated by prejudice and hatred in relation to nationality, race, religion, sexuality or disability, for example. He will outline the importance of partnership working and effective community relationships in tackling and preventing such crimes.