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Open and Accountable

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 set out legislation designed to make public organisations and Governmental departments more open and accountable. It states that the following information should be made available to the general public:

  • how public organisations make decisions
  • the way they carry out their duties
  • how they spend public money.

The Freedom of Information Act came into force in January 2005.

Welcome to the Freedom of Information Act publication scheme

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FoIA) gives a general right of public access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities including the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

This right is subject to prescribed conditions and the exemptions set out in Sections 21 to 44 in Part II of the Act. This includes the right to be told whether information exists as well as the right to receive information. Section 1 of the Act came into force in January 2005 and gives members of the public the right to make specific requests for non-personal information held by public authorities covered by the Act.

Freedom of Information releases

The Disclosure Log increases transparency of the CPS and provides easy access to information which may be of particular interest to members of the public.

It includes publications of a cross section of previous requests and the associated facts and figures released by the CPS under the terms of the FoIA 2000. You may find that the information you are looking for is already published on the CPS website and can be easily accessed by the links below:

If you wish to access a copy of the material released for any of these requests, please contact:

The Freedom of Information Unit
CPS Headquarters
Rose Court
2 Southwark Bridge
London
SE1 9HS

FOIUnit@cps.gsi.gov.uk

Freedom of Information Act requests

If the information you seek is not already published within the Disclosure Log above you may wish to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FoIA). Please send your request in writing to one of the addresses below including your full name and as much information as possible.

FOIUnit@cps.gsi.gov.uk

The Freedom of Information Unit
CPS Headquarters
Rose Court
2 Southwark Bridge
London
SE1 9HS

Please note if you require access to your own personal data under the Data Protection Act 1998 please complete the Subject Access Request application form that can be found on the Personal Data page elsewhere in this section of the CPS website.

Obtaining personal information

The CPS holds personal data within its criminal case files. This information is not available to the general public under the FoIA. However, if you wish to see your own personal data held within the system, then you can request to view the information under the Data Protection Act 1998.

Obtaining personal information

How to use our publication scheme

The CPS publishes various types of information required by the FoIA 2000 in its publication scheme section. Information contained in this section includes performance reports, business plans, minutes of meetings, finance policy and guidance and much more...

How to use our publication scheme

CPS website - policy for removal of personal information

This policy is designed to ensure that personal information is not available on the CPS website for longer than is appropriate, employing the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) as a guide.

CPS website - policy for removal of personal information