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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

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New Play And Workshops Tackle Diversity Issues


A new play launched on Thursday 13th May, commissioned by Avon and Somerset Criminal Justice Board (ASCJB) and part funded by the CPS, tackles diversity issues head on. The play was launched in Bristol and will then toured various venues across Avon & Somerset.

"Stereo", by Clifford Oliver, tells the story of a young man who has been involved with drug dealing since his early teens. He goes on to murder with a knife. Is he a stereotype? The story is told twice - once from the young man's point of view and then through the eyes of those he sees as his enemies.

The play formed the basis of innovative diversity awareness training for 500 staff from across all criminal Justice agencies and community members representing all walks of life, ages and cultures. Audiences were confronted and challenged by a range of thought-provoking issues, later explored in workshops and small groups.

Speaking at the premier of 'Stereo', David Archer Chief Crown Prosecutor for Avon & Somerset said:

"This is genuinely innovative - I do not think any Criminal Justice Agency has ever commissioned a play before. We did it because we value ideas and we recognise that the way our staff think about diversity issues is just as important as other aspects of their training. There is a danger in focusing our resources upon hardware, software and numbers of staff without paying sufficient attention to the approach we would like our staff to take when they deal with each other, defendants, victims and witnesses. Diversity is not something we should deal with for only a few days each year and then put away. It has to be at the heart of everything we do to try and make the system work better. The true purpose of these events is to help every individual who attends make a positive contribution- then we will be making a real difference."

For further information please contact Avon & Somerset Area Communications Manager 0117 930 2811.