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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 Statement - Joint Statement on Christopher Galley and Damian Green

13/02/2009

A joint statement has been issued today by the Crown Prosecution Service and the Metropolitan Police Service relating to the extension of bail for Christopher Galley and Damian Green.

The statement is as follows: "The bail date for Christopher Galley and Damian Green has today (13/2/09) been extended from 17 February 2009 to 20 April 2009 because issues of Parliamentary Privilege raised by Damian Green have yet to be resolved.

"The CPS has considered all the material already submitted and intends to make a decision on whether to charge Christopher Galley and Damian Green as soon as reasonably practicable after receiving any further available evidence."

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  1. Media enquiries to CPS Press Office on 020 7796 8106.
  2. Metropolitan Police Service Press Office contact: 020 7230 4094
  3. The Crown Prosecution Service is the independent authority responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales. It is responsible for:
    • Advising the police and reviewing the evidence on cases for possible prosecution
    • Deciding the charge where the decision is to prosecute
    • Preparing cases for court
    • Presenting cases at court
  4. The CPS consists of 42 Areas in total, each headed by a Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP). A telephone service, CPS Direct, provides out-of-hours advice and decisions to police officers across England and Wales. The CPS employs around 8,400 people and prosecuted 1,091,250 cases with an overall conviction rate of 85.1% in 2007-2008.

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  5. The CPS, together with ACPO and media representatives, has developed a Protocol for the release of prosecution material to the media. This sets out the type of prosecution material that will normally be released, or considered for release, together with the factors we will take into account when considering requests.

    Publicity and the Criminal Justice System protocol