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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

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South Somerset Magistrates Court throws open it's doors


On Saturday 22nd October, South Somerset Magistrates' Court in Yeovil welcomed around 400 visitors when members of the public were given the chance to see behind its doors.

People flocked to the event between 10am and 4pm and had fun taking part in mock trials, looking round the cells and visiting the Criminal Justice Agencies' exhibition stands.

Carol Batten from Taunton office, was on duty throughout the day at the CPS stand, while Caroline Bolt and Janice Eagles took part in mock trials and helped to explain the judicial process to members of the public.

Area Director of Her Majesty's Courts Service, Rod White said:

"I would like to thank everyone who was involved in this fantastic event. There was a lot of interest from visitors in the workings of the court and the Criminal Justice System as a whole and it was good to have the opportunity to make this connection with people."

Enquiries to Avon and Somerset Area Communications Manager on 0117 930 2811