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The Role of The Crown Prosecution Service

The Crown Prosecution Service is the government department responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales.

As the principal prosecuting authority in England and Wales, we are responsible for:

  • advising the police on cases for possible prosecution
  • reviewing cases submitted by the police
  • determining any charges in more serious or complex cases
  • preparing cases for court
  • presenting cases at court

Find out more about the role of the Crown Prosecution Service

CPS scoops top Legal Trainee award


The CPS has won top prize at the inaugural LawCareers.Net/Trainee Solicitors' Group Training and Recruitment Awards.

The CPS won the Best Recruiter & Trainer: In-house/Public Sector category. "There are an awful lot of awards around but we were particularly pleased with this one as we were nominated by the people we trained rather than putting ourselves forward," said CPS training principal, Lesley Williams.

The CPS learning and development team beat off competition from fellow finalists Barclaycard, Bradford Magistrates Court, Durham County Council and the Government Legal Service. Nominations were received for a further seven organisations.

The award signifies another success for the CPS's policy of attracting and retaining new staff. "In the past 12 months 12 pupils have completed their training. Nine of these are now working as crown prosecutors - three left but two of those are looking to return," said Lesley.

"In the same period seven trainee solicitors completed their training and are now working as crown prosecutors - currently we have eight pupils and 50 trainee solicitors," she added. "As far as I'm concerned, this award is for the supervisors who lead the day to day training around the country - they put in a lot of time and effort."

Jointly sponsored by online magazine Law Careers.Net (LCN) and the Trainee Solicitors' Group, the awards honour the best in UK legal training and recruitment.