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CPS Direct lawyers working on Christmas Day

PUBLISHED December 23, 2011

Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor Peter Swain will be spending Christmas Morning assisting the lawyers of CPS Direct in giving charging advice to police forces across England and Wales. Mr Swain said: ?Between 9am and 2pm on Christmas day this year CPS Direct will have 41 lawyers on call. They will be working from home in shifts, and based on our experience of previous years we will be dealing with between 150 and 200 telephone requests from the police for advice in that period. ?CPS lawyers will also be available in the evenings and throughout the holiday period to ensure prompt guidance is provided to the police. ?Sadly, experience also tells us that many of the cases that we handle will be instances of domestic violence. CPS prosecutors will be working with police officers to try to ensure the safety of victims who will be particularly vulnerable at this time of year.? CPS Direct provides out of hours charging advice to all police forces across England and Wales, currently operating 5pm to 9am, Monday to Friday and 24 hours a day at weekends and Public Holidays. Our prosecutors are based throughout England and Wales, and work in shifts from their own homes. CPS Direct has 110 Duty Prosecutors. In the year 2010- 2011 CPS Direct received 191,392 telephone calls from the police and provided 155,647 charging advices.