Yorkshire and Humberside - The Public Prosecutor's Office

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is the main prosecutor in England and Wales. We work with all the criminal justice authorities and work closely with the police, although we are independent of them.

Yorkshire Humberside cardThe CPS has 14 operations throughout England and Wales. CPS Yorkshire and Humberside is one of the largest CPS areas outside London, serving a population of over five million people. The area includes West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, East Yorkshire, Humber and North East Lincolnshire.

CPS Yorkshire and Humberside is headed by Chief Crown prosecutor Gerry Wareham. He is assisted by Crown Deputy Crown Attorney Elizabeth Jenkins, who is responsible for litigation, as well as Crown Deputy Crown Prosecutor, Chris Hartley, who is responsible for the trials, and Barbara Petchey, who is in charge of complex cases, rape and torture The Rape heads Sex Offenders Unit (RASSO) and our Crown Advocates team. Ian Brown is our Area Business Manager and is responsible for the business and operational delivery functions throughout the region.

We currently employ over 450 people, including lawyers, legal assistants, administrators and professionals. We have offices in Leeds, Hull and Sheffield, and every year we prosecute thousands of criminal cases before the courts and tribunals throughout the region.

The legal work of our area is supported by a dedicated team of administrators whose job it is to ensure that all our correspondence is processed promptly and the digital preparation of legal work is done efficiently.

Our Area Business Center has a team of specialists in the areas of performance, finance, human resources, health, safety and security, as well as communication and inclusion.

Leadership team
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Gerry Wareham, chief prosecutor

Gerry Wareham_Yorkshire and Humberside_web.jpgGerry joined the CPS in London in 1986 as a caseworker and was appointed to the Bar in 1988.

In November 2000, Gerry took over the management of one of the northern branches of the Casework Directorate in York and led a team responsible for the preparation of some of the most complex and sensitive cases within the CPS.

He became Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Yorkshire and Humberside, before being appointed Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS North East and the CPSD Emergency Service CPSD outside the opening hours.

In February 2017, Gerry returned to CPS Yorkshire and Humberside as Chief Crown Prosecutor.

Barbara Petchey, Deputy Chief Prosecutor

Barbara graduated from Cambridge University Law School in 1985 and joined the county attorney's attorney's office in West Yorkshire. In 1986, when the CPS was founded, Barbara entered the service as a prosecutor.

She became Chief Crown Prosecutor for Humberside in 2007 before returning to West Yorkshire in 2011 as Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for Yorkshire and Humberside.

She is responsible for the Rape and Serious Sexual Offenses Section (RASSO), the Crown Advocate Team and the Complex Casework Unit

Elizabeth Jenkins, Deputy Chief Prosecutor

Elizabeth was appointed to the Bar in October 1995. In November 2000, she joined the former law office in Manchester.

After the merger with the CPS, she joined the Department of Justice and Organized Crime North in September 2010 as chief prosecutor. In March 2015, she joined the Department of Serious Fraud as Deputy Head of Department.

Elizabeth joined CPS Yorkshire and Humberside in June 2017 as Deputy Prosecutor. She is currently responsible for all Crown Court cases in Yorkshire and Humberside, with the exception of rape and serious sexual offenses, as well as the Complex Casework Unit.

Chris Hartley, Deputy Chief Prosecutor

Chris was appointed to the Bar in 1987 and joined a London law firm that mainly engaged in criminal work throughout the northeast. After seeing the prosecutor's role as rewarding, Chris joined the CPS in September 1991 as chief prosecutor to extend his experience to reviewing and preparing case-works.

In 2014, Chris took up a new role in Leeds, where he led the North and West Yorkshire Court of Appeals Divisions, and in May 2017 became Deputy Attorney General for Yorkshire and Humberside, which is responsible for the work of courts of justice throughout the region.

Ian Brown, area manager

Ian joined CPS in 2008 as Senior Area Business Manager for Northumbria. He has a technical background and brings with him many years of experience in leading positions in the private sector.

Ian is responsible for the area's business functions, overseeing performance and overseeing human resources management. Working with our Chief Prosecutor Gerry Wareham, it is his job to ensure that the CPS has the resources to work effectively and efficiently.

judicial authority
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Our Magistrates Court Unit prosecutes a variety of crimes. In general, these are those where the maximum penalty does not exceed six months (or 12 months if two or more offenses are considered). Casework includes crimes of domestic violence, hate crimes, assault, criminal offenses, minor disturbances of public order, except for the most serious traffic offenses, possession of drugs, dangerous dog-related crimes, breaches of dishonesty and commercial break-ins.

Crown Court unit
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The Crown Court Unit deals with serious crimes such as murder and manslaughter, robberies, serious attacks, fraud, the supply and trafficking of drugs, and the most serious offenses on the road, especially those that cause death.

Complex case work unit
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The Complex Cases Department has a team of highly experienced lawyers and caseworkers who handle our most serious and well-known cases. The bulk of their casework results from serious and organized crime – especially the import and distribution of drugs. Money laundering, organized crime, murder of several defendants, sexual exploitation of children and serious fraud.

Rape and serious sexual offenses (RASSO)
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The Rape and Serious Sexual Offenses Section is a dedicated and specialized team that monitors cases of rape, serious sexual offenses and child molestation. The lawyers in this unit are all specially trained prosecutors who understand the sensitivities of prosecuting cases of this kind and how difficult it can be for the victims to go to court and, if necessary, bring them to justice.

Regional committees

We have three Regional Thematic Audit Committees that inform our work on hate crimes, domestic abuse and rape.
Panel members are made up of a broad cross-section of community groups, including charities, partnership partnerships, and local authorities.

The overall mission of each panel is to scrutinize CPS case work and decision-making in order to improve performance and ensure compliance with our core quality standards. The members of the panel will do the following activities related to their specialty of casework:

  • Review and check inactive CPS case files.
  • Identifying problems, common themes and trends in the decision-making process, in particular with regard to the impact of CPS decision-making on different communities;
  • Recommendations to the CPS to improve CPS performance and support for victims and witnesses;
  • Give colleagues and communities feedback on the panel's outcomes and the actions the CPS has taken in response to the panel's observations and recommendations.

The panels meet two to three times a year.

Hate Crime Investigation Panel
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  • Stop Hate UK – support for people affected by hate crimes. www.stophateuk.org
  • Calderdale Council – works in partnership to build safer, stronger and connected communities. www.calderdale.gov.uk
  • Kirklees Council – works with West Yorkshire police to provide assistance and guidance to victims of hate crimes and take positive action against perpetrators. www.kirklees.gov.uk/hatereporting
  • a: gender – The support network for government department / agency employees who are constantly changing or have to change their perceived gender or identify themselves as intersex. www.agender.org.uk
  • Barnsley Community Safety Service – Responsible for crime prevention, antisocial behavior and public safety awareness. www.barnsley.gov.uk/community-safety
  • Bradford Hate Crime Alliance – works with strategic and operational partners to eliminate hate crimes in the Bradford Metropolitan District Council district. www.bradfordhatecrimealliance.org.uk
  • North East Lincolnshire Communities Together – A charity that works with communities and schools to raise awareness of different traditions, beliefs, customs and practices, with a focus on involving groups from diverse ethnic backgrounds.
  • North Lincolnshire Council – www.northlincs.gov.uk
  • Communication Specialist College – Specializes in the needs of students who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as those with communication difficulties such as Autism and Aspergers. www.deaf-trust.co.uk/college
  • Doncaster Council Community Safety Team – Works with the Safer Doncaster Partnership to improve communities in Doncaster, reduce crime and improve the quality of life for residents. www.doncaster.gov.uk
  • Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council – www.rotherham.gov.uk
  • Humber All Nations Alliance (HANA) – A charity that promotes the well-being of ethnic communities of black and ethnic minorities in Hull and the Humber. www.hanaonline.co.uk
  • Change Lives – Help individuals and families in Doncaster unleash their full potential and change their lives for the better. www.changing-lives.org.uk
  • Safer Leeds – works in partnership to ensure community safety. www.leeds.gov.uk
  • Cloverleaf Advocacy Service – Provides high-quality advocacy services to people with mental illness, learning disabilities, the elderly, people with physical and sensory impairments, and caregivers. www.cloverleaf-advocacy.co.uk
  • Victim Support – The national charity for crime victims in England and Wales. www.victimsupport.org
  • Bradford Equity Partnership – A charity created and provided by LGBT employees in Bradford and surrounding areas. www.equitypartnership.org.uk

Examination Board for Domestic Abuse
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  • Leeds City Council Domestic Violence Team – A project to improve services for women who suffer from domestic violence. www.leeds.gov.uk
  • Victim Support – The national charity for crime victims in England and Wales. www.victimsupport.org
  • Women's Aid North East Lincolnshire – a registered charity that provides many services to victims and survivors of domestic violence. www.womensaidnel.org
  • Partnership with Domestic Violence and Abuse East Riding – Provides information, advice and assistance in a confidential environment. www.eastriding.gov.uk
  • Abuse and Protection of Kirklees Council Partnerships – Partnership Partnerships to Promote the Backup Agenda. www.kirklees.gov.uk
  • Pennine Domestic Violence Group – A major provider of domestic violence support services in Kirklees. www.pdvg.org
  • Wakefield Council – Provides information on local services. www.wakefield.gov.uk
  • VIDA Sheffield – Provides specialized services for domestic and sexual abuse and training and works with partners to work towards ending domestic violence and violence against women and girls. www.vidasheffield.org.uk
  • Apna Haq – Support for women exposed to domestic violence, ethnic and ethnic minorities and refugees. www.apnahaq.org.uk
  • Doncaster Council Community Safety Team – Works with the Safer Doncaster Partnership to improve communities in Doncaster, reduce crime and improve the quality of life for residents. www.doncaster.gov.uk
  • Calderdale Council – works in partnership to build safer, stronger and connected communities. www.calderdale.gov.uk
  • Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS) – A specialized charity that supports individuals affected by domestic violence or sexual violence. www.idas.org.uk
  • Preston Road Women's Center – Provides information, assistance and advice to women in Hull. www.purplehouse.co.uk
  • The Blue Door – A specialized service used by a variety of people who have experienced domestic abuse and sexual violence in North and Northeast Lincolnshire, as well as those who have experienced rape and serious sexual offenses in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire Advocacy supports workers, groups and programs. www.thebluedoor.org
  • Rotherham RISE – Provides help and support to survivors of domestic violence and sexual exploitation. www.rotherhamrise.org.uk
  • Staying Put – Provides gender-specific services to increase the safety of people experiencing domestic violence / abuse. www.stayingput.uk.net
  • Bradford Equity Partnership – A charity created and provided by LGBT employees in Bradford and surrounding areas. www.equitypartnership.org.uk
  • Calderdale Domestic Abuse Hub – A partnership with victims of domestic violence. www.calderdale.gov.uk
  • Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council – www.rotherham.gov.uk

Rape Exam Panel
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  • Assistance after Rape and Sexual Violence Leeds (SARSVL) – A feminist organization that supports women and girls affected by sexual violence at all times in their lives. www.supportafterrapeleeds.org.uk
  • Victim Support – The national charity for crime victims in England and Wales. www.victimsupport.org
  • Sheffield Rape and Sexual Abuse Center – A special women's service offering free and confidential counseling and support to help women and girls who have experienced rape or sexual abuse at any time in their lives. www.sheffieldrapecrisis.org.uk
  • Bradford Rape Crisis & Survivors Sexual Abuse Service – A registered charity and the national umbrella organization for rape crime centers across the country. www.rapecrisis.org.uk
  • Survival – information and advice on rape. www.survive.org.uk
  • Barnsley Rape Crisis – a registered charity that supports people whose lives are affected by sexual violence. www.bsarch.org
  • Hull Rape Crisis & Sexual Abuse Service – provides specialized advice, support and independent support for crisis and long-term issues to all women and girls of all ages who have experienced sexual violence recently and / or in the past. www.rapecrisis.org.uk
  • Leeds Access Committee – Provides information and assistance to the Leeds community of disabled people. www.accesscommitteeforleeds.org
  • Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS) – A specialized charity that supports individuals affected by domestic violence or sexual violence. www.idas.org.uk
  • The Hazlehurst Center – Provides free assistance and hands-on assistance to anyone in West Yorkshire who has experienced sexual abuse. www.hazlehurstcentre.org
  • The Blue Door – A specialized service used by a variety of people who have experienced domestic abuse and sexual violence in North and Northeast Lincolnshire, as well as those who have experienced rape and serious sexual offenses in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire Advocacy supports workers, groups and programs. www.thebluedoor.org
  • Child Sexual Abuse Evaluation Center – Provides a service to children and adolescents aged 0-16 years who have disclosed or suspected sexual abuse or sexual abuse. www.yorkhospitals.nhs.uk
  • Yorkshire Base – empowers women and girls to be safe and make positive decisions. www.basisyorkshire.org.uk
  • Doncaster Rape and Sexual Abuse Advisory Service – An independent charity that helps victims of sexual violence. www.drasacs.org.uk
  • Rotherham RISE – Provides help and support to survivors of domestic violence and sexual exploitation. www.rotherhamrise.org.uk
  • Doncaster Council Community Safety Team – Works with the Safer Doncaster Partnership to improve communities in Doncaster, reduce crime and improve the quality of life for residents. www.doncaster.gov.uk