Monday, June 1, 1998 Published at 08:44 GMT 09:44 UK
"Criminal Protection Service"
The CPS was supposed to speed up the work of courts
The Crown Prosecution Service has been mired in controversy since it was set up in 1986.
The idea of an independent prosecuting service was recommended by the 1981 Royal Commission in Criminal Justice.
When the CPS began work in December 1986 it immediately had problems of understaffing in its London headquarters.
It has also been severely criticised for some of the cases it has brought:
There have also been numerous accusations of inefficiency and low morale at the CPS.
She is retiring early, having failed to shake the CPS up, but has denied that she is leaving because of the findings of the Glidewell report.
Nevertheless the Police Federation said it was "glad" she was going.
There has also been an ongoing problem of low morale at the CPS. A union-backed survey produced the lowest staff ratings recorded by MORI in 20 years of polling public and provate organisations.
A former senior prosecutor was once quoted: "Some time after leaving the CPS I read a book about the Soviet Union and experienced a sense of deja vu - the emphasis on achieving targets even if you had to fiddle the statistics and the need for obedience all the time."