Facts about the CPS
- The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is the principal prosecuting authority for England and Wales.
- Established as an independent body in 1986 to prosecute criminal cases, we work closely with the police and other investigators to advise on lines of inquiry and decide on appropriate charges or other outcomes, in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors. CPS prosecutors prepare cases for court and present cases in both the magistrates' courts and the higher courts.
- The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is the head of the CPS and operates independently, under the superintendence of the Attorney General. As a government minister, the Attorney is accountable to Parliament for the work of the CPS.
- The CPS consists of: 13 geographical Areas across England and Wales; four Casework Divisions; our CPS Direct service and a Headquarters.
- A Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP) leads each Area and is responsible for the provision of a high quality prosecution service. A 'virtual' 14th Area, CPS Direct, is also headed by a CCP and provides the majority of our charging decisions to the police. Deputy Crown Prosecutors (DCCP) and Area Business Managers (ABM) assist the CCPs.
- The four specialist casework divisions are Central Fraud, Welfare Rural & Health, Special Crime & Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime. They deal with terrorism, fraud and other challenging cases that require specialist experience, including the prosecution of cases investigated by:
- We are committed to delivering a high quality prosecution service, as expressed in our core quality standards – while responding to the needs of the victims and witnesses of crime; being open and answerable to the wider public we serve; and offering excellent value for money.
- At 31 March 2013, the CPS had a workforce of approximately 6840 (full time equivalent), including around 2350 prosecutors and 4110 caseworkers and administrators. 93% of our people work at delivering our frontline prosecution service.