if you want to buy legal services, surely the legal eagles are the guys to copy.
Well as I read it, the CPS must be a contracting body within the Public Contracts Regulations as a government department (at least their website claims they're a government department. Having said that, legal services are a Category B procurement, so not subject to the full EU regime. I'll have to take a closer look to check that advocacy services aren't covered by some exclusion.
Nevertheless we learn that:
- The list of advocates has been reduced from 4,500 to 2,500 - so 2,000 'Dear John letters' and 2,000 debriefings?
- A scoring mechanism was used;
- The selection process included watching more than 100 advocates at work and "That confirmed that the quality of the prosecuting work was variable and [the Director of Public Prosecutions] don't want that, I want the CPS to be the best";
- One of the criteria used in the supplier appraisal process was having a secure email account;
- Other criteria included measurement on advocacy, advisory work, knowledge of disclosure, other skills, and awareness of the role of the organisations advocate.
Assuming I haven't missed an exclusion in the Regulations, I will look forward to the Award Notice.
Gibb, F. (2012) 'Thousands of lawyers told they cannot prosecute serious cases', The Times, 19 January, p.7.