chapter  9
Institution-Building
An Independent Prosecution Service – The Prosecution of Offences Act 1985, c. 23: V Implementation
WithPaul Rock
Pages 99

Michael Chance, an Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) between 1981 and 1986, was the official charged by the DPP to work full-time with Home Office officials in establishing the new service. Sir Derek Oulton, a seasoned official, the Permanent Secretary of the Lord Chancellor’s Department, was to act as something of a mentor to the new prosecution service, chaperoning Allan Green, the second head of the Crown Prosecution Service, serving between 1987 and 1991, about the world of Whitehall. The Law Society was vociferously to complain about what it called the ‘predicament’ of solicitors transferring to the new Crown Prosecution Service. The newly consolidated national prosecution service had simultaneously to devise consolidated national policies in the name of universality, consistency, clarity and fairness. The disputes further exemplify the consequences of introducing the new prosecution system too rapidly and without adequate preparation and resources.