Closure of Gloucester CPS office will have 'inevitable effect'
The closure of Gloucester’s Crown Prosecution will have an effect on working relationships in our criminal justice system.
A consultation starts on Monday over moving nearly 30 staff from the Kimbrose Way office in the city to Bristol.
But Gloucestershire Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl believes working relationships in the county’s courts could suffer.
He said: “Where the CPS is based is not especially important in itself. However, if the move to Bristol goes ahead there will be an inevitable knock-on effect on working relationships.
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“Lawyers will still come to Gloucester for court, but the time and distance involved will make it more difficult for meetings to take place where they can share information with officers and give them advice on investigations and charging.
“Modern channels make long-distance communications possible, and often more convenient, but there is no substitute for talking things through face to face.”
The CPS is proposing the move in the face of severe budget cuts, but has vowed there will be no compulsory redundancies for staff.
The lease on the building, which serves courts in Stroud and Cheltenham as well as the city, runs out in March 2015, but could be shut earlier and operations moved to Bristol.
Some believe it could happen as early as April.