Sharing information with the CPS during the NRM process
Last updated 23/09/2021
Staff at the Competent Authority may need to share information with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) or Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland when a potential victim referred to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) is being prosecuted.
When a potential victim of human trafficking or modern slavery referred to the NRM is being prosecuted by the CPS, staff the Competent Authority must make sure, where possible, that the NRM decision is made before the court hearing.
The Competent Authority must ensure that the police (National Human Trafficking Unit in Scotland) are notified of the decision as soon as they make it.
Generally the Competent Authority should ask the police to notify prosecutors (the Crown Prosecution Service (or the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscals Service in Scotland or Prosecution Service in Northern Ireland) of the decision as soon as they make it.
The decision to prosecute is a discretionary one taken by the CPS, COPFS or Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland but making a NRM decision as soon as possible and informing the police and asking them to notify the CPS, COPFS or Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland will make sure they can take an informed decision on whether to proceed with the prosecution.