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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

A Vision for Justice - New CJS Strategic Plan launched


The Home Secretary, Lord Chancellor and Attorney General launched the first five year strategic plan for the criminal justice system which sets out the Government's vision of the system in 2008. An ongoing programme of reform will create a future of improved witness and victim care, tougher enforcement of penalties and fast-tracking of repeat offenders.

For further information on the CJS Strategic Plan, please visit