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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

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CPS Single Equality Scheme 2006-2010


This Scheme sets out the Disability Equality Actions that will be undertaken by the Crown Prosecution Service in order to meet its statutory duty under the Disability Discrimination Act. The Scheme builds on Crown Prosecution Service Race Equality Scheme 2005-2008 and sets out Gender Equality Actions, in advance of the April 2007 deadline. The Scheme also incorporates equality and diversity actions in respect of age, religion or belief and sexuality and gender identity.

Director of Public Prosecution, Ken Macdonald QC, says,

"My vision for a world class service on equality and diversity delivered through the Single Equality Scheme is part and parcel of my wider vision for CPS. We have identified the overall equality goals and outcomes we aim to achieve. These are at the heart of our Single Equality Scheme."

Download the CPS Single Equality Scheme 2006-2010 PDF here.

Copies of the Scheme may be obtained from:

CPS Communications Branch
50 Ludgate Hill
London EC4M 7EX
Tel: 020 7796 8442

The Single Equality Scheme is available in a range of formats and community languages upon request.