CPS

Crown Prosecution Service - costs

The policy of CPS is to apply for costs against convicted defendants unless the particular circumstances of a case mean that such an application would lack merit or an order for costs would be impractical.

Magistrates' Court:

  • Proof in Absence - £85 (set amount)
  • Early Guilty Plea (EFH)
    Lower - not applicable
    Average - £85
    Higher - £100
  • Summary Guilty Plea
    Lower - £105
    Average - £135
    Higher - £160
  • Summary Trial
    Lower - £620
    Average - £775
    Higher - £930
  • Either-way Guilty Plea
    Lower - £145
    Average - £185
    Higher - £220
  • Either-way Trial
    Lower - £770
    Average - £965
    Higher - £1,150

Crown Court:

  • Committal for Sentence
    Lower - £340
    Average - £425
    Higher - £510
  • Appeal against Sentence
    Lower - £260
    Average - £330
    Higher - £395
  • Appeal against Conviction
    Lower - £415
    Average - £520
    Higher - £620
  • Section 51 Early Guilty Plea
    Lower - £535
    Average - £670
    Higher - £800
  • Committal for Trial (Plea) - This scale includes the costs of committal / transfer / sending proceedings
    Lower - £1,200
    Average - £1,500
    Higher - £1,800
  • Committal for Trial (Trial) - This scale includes the costs of committal / transfer / sending proceedings
    Lower - £2,800
    Average - £3,500
    Higher - £4,200

 

How often does the CPS instruct the independent Bar?

Karl Turner MP: To ask the Attorney General, what proportion of criminal cases the Crown Prosecution Service instructed the independent Bar to prosecute in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 and (e) 2014.

Robert Buckland MP:

The CPS does not centrally record the number of instructions to advocates from the self-employed Bar. Were it to do so, such data would need to take account of changes to the instructed advocate during the course of proceedings; cases in which more than one advocate is instructed; and cases in which an in-house advocate may be instructed initially but where an advocate from the self-employed Bar was subsequently instructed.

The CPS retains payment data in respect of volume cases in the Crown Court managed under the graduated fee scheme (GFS). This shows the proportion of Crown Court work prosecuted by advocates from the self-employed Bar in value terms as a proportion of GFS value, for the years requested:

- 2010-11 72%

- 2011-12 69%

- 2012-13 70%

- 2013-14 71%

- 2014-15 75% (first 3 quarters only)