Today I received a response to my request for internal review of the answer to my FoIA request about the costs of the Paul Chambers prosecution. Here it is:
Now. I think this is ludicrous if true, but I'm told by a third party that it may well be. Unlike private sector solicitors, the CPS don't bill time against matters. They should. It doesn't seem like a very good way to account for public money. We already knew about the £2600 claim for costs as this was disclosed during the appeal on sentencing. Next stop is the Information Commissioner I guess, but I'm not expecting much from that quarter.FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST – Internal ReviewI refer to Freedom of Information request 2484, the CPS response and your subsequent request for an Internal Review dated 20 October 2010.Your original request was regarding the costs of the prosecution against Paul Chambers.Our response to you advised that the case was ongoing and next court of hearing on 11 November.You were unhappy about the response received and requested an internal review.At the time of your initial request the information that you requested was not held. I have decided to uphold Ms Kadir’s decision.However, I can now confirm that the total cost applied for by the prosecution was £2,600. This comprised:£600 Magistrates Costs (Previously awarded following his conviction)£620 Crown Court Costs£720 Counsel’s Preparation Time (9 hours agreed)£330 Counsel’s Fee Day 1 of the Appeal Hearing£330 Counsel’s Fee Day 2 of the Appeal HearingThe CPS does not capture the costs of its staff in the management of case files.If you are not content with the outcome of this internal review, you have the right to complain directly to the Information Commissioner, who can be contacted at:Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.