Report criticises justice in the county

A report by Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) has found that too many cases in the former CPS unit of Northamptonshire are not resulting in convictions.

Inspectors looked into “unsuccessful outcomes” in magistrates’ courts in Northamptonshire.

This describes any case which after being charged does not result in either a guilty plea or the conviction for the person accused of the crime.

The report found that the Northamptonshire unit needs to work more closely with the courts to reduce the delay and number of hearings in progressing cases.

The inspectors identified there was an issue with the length of time it takes from charge to the conclusion of a case.