The report stresses that the implications for the criminal justice system as a whole of the increased use of in-house advocacy must be taken into account, not just the organisational interests of the CPS. In particular the committee states that “The development of CPS advocacy cannot simply be seen as the next logical step in how the CPS should develop..” and it echoes concerns expressed in evidence given by the CBA in recognising that “the consequences of CPS advocacy on the future provision and quality of legal services as a whole require attention”

Commenting on the Select Committee’s report, Desmond Browne QC, the Chairman of the Bar, said:

“The Crown Prosecution Service is a vital part of the criminal justice system in England and Wales, and it is essential that it performs effectively in the public interest. Quality advocacy is an absolute priority for the employed and self employed Bar, all of whom are represented by the Bar Council. But it is important to recognise, as this report does, that effective advocacy also depends upon efficient and effective case preparation. ”

Peter Lodder QC, Chairman of the Criminal Bar Association said:

“I was pleased to give evidence on behalf of the Criminal Bar Association to the Justice Committee earlier this year. We welcome this report and its recommendation to the CPS to reflect upon the future provision of advocacy services. The self-employed bar must continue to play a significant role in the prosecution of cases at all levels.”