Personnel head quits CPS as selection row rumbles

THE HEAD of personnel is quitting the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) amid protests from lawyers that he was wrongly involved in selection procedures for new jobs.

Glyn Harvey will take early retirement, as the CPS continues to lose senior staff in advance of its 1 April reorganisation.

Harvey, head of personnel, training and development, is accused of interfering in the process which sifted out applicants for interview for the 42 new jobs of chief crown prosecutor.

Harvey is heavily associated with the previous management of the CPS, under the former Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Dame Barbara Mills QC.

One CPS insider says: “Harvey is clearly uncomfortable in the new regime. He was very much identified with the old regime.”

Harvey's decision to go was taken before the latest row to erupt over the sifting procedure for interviewing candidates for the position of chief crown prosecutors.

CPS lawyers are complaining that internal performance markings were used to judge their suitability, while external candidates were assessed on their application forms alone.

Lawyers are complaining that Harvey was involved in the sifting process. The source says: “Glyn Harvey's involvement in the selection process was not popular. People felt it hindered their applications. Some see it as the old regime having its claws on the future.

“Certain lawyers said he should have been involved in the selection process, because he was not supposed to be on the board. It was not publicised that he was going to sit on the board.

“The management explanation is, he was there in an official capacity.

“Some lawyers have seen that as prejudicing their chances because of his identification with the past regime.”

The CPS confirms Harvey is going at the end of March. A spokeswoman refuses to discuss the sift criteria or “any of the internal procedures”. She points out the recruitment panel was chaired by the Civil Service Commission.

The new DPP, David Calvert-Smith QC, is currently interviewing for 42 new chief crown prosecutors. The CPS is being reorganised into 42 areas each coinciding with policing areas in England and Wales.