Max Hill QC brings immense experience to one of the most unenviable jobs in law, but he is going to need all of his experience and influence to turn around the Crown Prosecution Service (‘Former criminal bar chief appointed DPP’, 24 July).
While CPS disclosure issues are well documented, the complexity of crime is increasing – thanks largely to technology. So too is public expectation for successful prosecutions.
Anyone working in the criminal justice system will tell you that resources at the CPS are paper-thin and, even in the face of judicial threats about delays, nothing changes. All the while, victims are left waiting for justice while defendants’ lives are suspended, often for years on end.
Nigel Richardson, partner, criminal defence, Hodge Jones & Allen, London NW1