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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 director awarded degree for equality work


The London Metropolitan University has presented an honorary degree of Doctor of Law to Mr Raj Joshi, CPS Director of Legal Practice & Quality Assurance, for his 'outstanding contribution to the development of legal practice in the UK and commitment to equality in the international legal arena.'

After receiving the degree Mr Joshi Said:

"I am deeply honoured to accept this award. It is as much a recognition of the contribution to community and international affairs by the CPS as it is a personal reward."

As a director for the London Crown Prosecution Service, Raj Joshi is recognised as a one of the most prominent figures in the UK's Asian community.

Already named by a national publication as one of the country's top 10 most influential Asian lawyers, and listed in the Asian Power 100, he has been presented with the prestigious Lloyds TSB Jewel Award for Public Service Excellence.

The son of Indian immigrants, Raj came to this country aged four living with his family in a single room and unable to speak English. After attending his local comprehensive and North London Polytechnic, he was called to the Bar in 1983 and joined the newly formed Crown Prosecution Service in 1986. He has helped formulate and implement CPS policy, including its Equality Statement, setting up the international division and influencing law and practice on terrorism, human trafficking and serious and organised crime. Most recently he set up a scheme to ensure accountability for the way CPS London spends its £38m budget on external advocates.


  1. Media enquiries to the CPS Press Office 020 7710 6088, Out of hours pager: 07699 781926.
  2. A full profile of Raj Joshi is available on request.
  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. Further information can be found on the CPS website.
  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. The Protocol is published on our website at: