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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

Treasury Counsel Review Report


The Attorney General Lord Goldsmith has accepted the recommendations of a review of the current Treasury Counsel arrangements.

He commissioned the review in the light of the increase in the complexity of cases prosecuted by Treasury Counsel and the need to ensure that appointments are open and fair. The report can be found in the Publications/Reports section on this website.

The review team comprised Dru Sharpling, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, Mohammed Aziz, Commissioner at the Commission for Racial Equality, Philip Oliver, non-executive director of the Crown Prosecution Service, and Richard Ferguson QC.

The Attorney General said today (22 May 2006): "The recommendations should ensure that Treasury Counsel is appointed in accordance with open and fair competition rules that promote equality and diversity, whilst maintaining the high standards of service provided by them."

Other recommendations in report address new ways of monitoring the performance of Treasury Counsel.