We are now celebrating the CPS's best work every month. Keir Starmer QC, the Director of Public Prosecutions, says:
"I want the public to know about some of the really excellent work that our lawyers, caseworkers and other staff do on a daily basis.
"So we are now publishing, each month, a few examples of projects or cases where work by individuals should be celebrated. To that end, we have created a 'Successes of the Month' section on the website.
"I am proud of the fantastic work that our staff carry out up and down the country and I hope you take some time out to read the first 'Successes of the Month'."
One of this month's successes was the creation of a spreadsheet that accurately calculates custody time limits (CTL). Keeping track of a CTL is essential for protecting the public as an exceeded limit can, in some circumstances, lead to an individual being released from custody before their trial. Since the 1980s, staff have relied on their fingers and calendars to calculate the CTL expiry date, which carries with it the normal human error risks.
Anthony Madison, a CPS performance management analyst, has created an extremely clever and useful Microsoft Excel tool to calculate difficult CTL expiry dates, which has been very warmly received across the CPS.
Having designed this calculator, Anthony then developed his own CTL calculator app for his personal smartphone. He is now developing the app for other platforms.
Read more Successes of the Month.