UEA law students who have a suitable knowledge of criminal law and procedure can apply to act as Independent Legal Advisers to the Crown Prosecution Service's Local Scrutiny and Involvement Panels (LSIPs) for the East of England. The function of the LSIPs, which meet quarterly, is to assess CPS case-handling and quality assurance by scrutinising finalised prosecution cases and their outcomes, with a particular focus on hate crime, domestic violence and rape. The Panels also act as a local consultative forum for consideration of CPS policies, procedures and performance generally.
The Independent Legal Advisers play a key role in selecting cases for consideration by the panels, and advising panel members (which include police representation at Deputy Chief Constable level) on the applicable law. This is the first time that CPS has invited students to become involved in the work of the LSIPs, and we hope that the arrangement will become a model for similar initiatives elsewhere in the UK.