Since 2010 all members in England and Wales facing criminal prosecution are subject to means testing and may have to make a significant contribution to the cost of the hearing. Due to this the CSP is unfortunately does not offer representation in the Crown Court.
The law in Scotland and Northern Ireland remains unchanged at the current time. All CSP members can still access advice and support for interviews held at the police station by calling 0800 587 7530.
In order to protect CSP members from the high costs arising from criminal allegations the CSP have worked with Thompsons and a specialist insurance broker to negotiate a full optional Criminal Prosecution Defence Cost Insurance package at a competitive fee.
The policy ensures that you can fully defend any criminal allegation bought against you both inside and outside of work at no cost to yourself.
The package costs £21.00 per year and provides up to £100,000 worth of cover for hearing in the Crown Court and the Magistrates Court. Please see below for the full policy wording and application form.