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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

Interview with David Archer, Chief Crown Prosecutor


An interview with David Archer, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Avon & Somerset was broadcast by BBC Points West television news on Thursday 27th May.

David was asked to comment on Avon & Somerset Police's initiative to post pictures of defendants out on bail who fail to attend court onto their website and also pass these defendants' identities and photographs to the local media. David explained that there was no legal reason why this action by the Police could not take place and welcomed the move if it helped to bring cases to court more speedily.

Enquiries: Communications Manager, CPS Avon and Somerset, Tel: 0117 930 2811.