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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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CPS to strengthen its commitment to Muslim community engagement


The first of a series of events focused on strengthening the CPS' commitment to engagement with Muslim communities takes place next year in Cardiff.

Further events are planned for 2006.

Area and HQ representatives, along with Equality and Diversity Unit (EDU) staff, are participating in the events to discuss key issues such as:

  • the prosecution of terrorist cases
  • racially and religiously aggravated cases
  • the prosecution of incitement to racial hatred cases and the latest proposals by Government.

The initiative kicks off in Cardiff where presentations, open forums and Q&A sessions will be followed up with an Action Plan to take forward important issues that emerge. The Plan will be prepared by the host CPS Area.

Follow-on events will go ahead in Bedfordshire, Birmingham, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, London and West Yorkshire up until July 2006.

They will be attended by individuals from the Counter Terrorism Division, Hate Crime specialists, Shehla Husain and Seamus Taylor from EDU and the relevant Area CCP.

The events support the CPS Business Strategy and flow on from a community engagement meeting organised by EDU last year, which Ken Macdonald QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, and Richard Foster, Chief Executive, attended, along with representatives from Muslim community organisations.

For further information with regards to these events, please contact Shehla Husain via email at