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Blackstone's Practical Policing: Effective Prosecution
Blackstone's Practical Policing: Effective Prosecution
Working In Partnership with the CPS

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Effective Prosecution is a timely response to recent major changes within the Criminal Justice System which require the police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to work together, taking a 'joint prosecution team approach'. Blackstone's Practical Policing: Effective Prosecution has been prepared jointly by the police and CPS and is an essential aspect of this joint approach and provides guidance for police on how to submit prosecution files successfully for court.

In Blackstone's Practical Policing: Effective Prosecution the authors, who represent both the CPS and the police, explain the implications of this change and unpack the information contained in the Manual of Guidance in an accessible and practical way, helping police officers understand each stage of file preparation.

The guide sets out the specific requirements of the CPS to the police, explaining the practical steps and procedures to follow in order to secure a conviction more easily, using checklists, scenarios and examples for readers to see how the process works in practice. It includes detailed coverage of the submission of case papers, including examples of all 20 Manual of Guidance (MG) forms. Advice on how to complete each form is provided in a helpful step-by-step way to ensure readers are confident to prepare their own case papers.

The authors also discuss the relevant law, procedure and best practice involved in this area, incorporating the recent legislative changes to police and CPS duties. Updates to legislation such as the Criminal Juctice Act 2003 and the PACE Codes of Practice are covered, encompassing changes to interviewing guidelines and the protocol concerning video evidence in court. There is also detailed coverage of the requirements and methods of handling victims and witnesses when obtaining evidence, the correct handling of unused material, and advice on how officers can give more effective testimony in court. This coverage is supplemented with case studies to provide a practical context for these procedures. 
Yvonne Moreno and Paul Hughes
Published by
Oxford University Press
Publication Date
11 December 2008
440 pages
156 x 234 mm
Blackstone's Practical Policing
Approx Weight
0.65 kg
HS Code

  1. Introduction
  2. Joint Investigation
  3. Statutory Charging and its implications
  4. Dealing with Victims and Witnesses
  5. Interviewing Suspects
  6. Manual of Guidance: Anatomy of a Police File
  7. Disclosure of Unused Material
  8. Giving Evidence in Court
  9. Conclusion - the Future?