Champions of Justice

The Crown Prosecution Service is the independent authority responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales. We are responsible for:

  • Advising the police and reviewing the evidence on cases for possible prosecution
  • Deciding the charge where the decision is to prosecute
  • Preparing cases for court
  • Presenting cases at court

The CPS employs around 8,250 people and prosecuted 1,032,598 cases with an overall conviction rate of 86.6% in 2008-2009.

Decision to charge

We advise the police and review evidence to decide how to deal with crime. Sometimes we decide to prosecute cases in court; sometimes we suggest other methods of dealing with a crime.

Find out how we make the decision to charge and have a go at being a Prosecutor.

Go to the decision to charge section

Being a witness

Witnesses have a vital role to play in bringing criminals to justice. By having the courage to stand up and be a witness you can prevent further crimes being committed and protect others from becoming victims.

Find out what happens when you are a witness in court.

Go to the being a witness section

Going to court

Once the decision has been made to charge a suspect with a crime we then have to start preparing the case to go to court. Our role includes preparing cases for court and presenting those cases in court.

Find out how we prepare cases and what it is like in court.

Go to the going to court section