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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 responds to HMCPSI/HMIC Digitisation Report

13/04/2016

Her Majesty's Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary have today published a joint report on the Effectiveness of Digital Systems within the Criminal Justice System. The report highlights that significant progress has been made and the CPS has been at the forefront of that change.

A CPS spokesperson said: "The CPS has made a significant contribution, along with the other criminal justice agencies, towards creating and delivering an end-to-end digital justice system. The majority of prosecutors and staff are now working digitally, routinely presenting cases using laptops and using the 'Prosecutor App', which enables magistrates' court cases to be updated immediately. There is now Wi-Fi available in almost all courts allowing the CPS and our partners to work digitally.

"We will continue to work with our Criminal Justice partners to create a seamless, modern way of working that benefits victims and witnesses, reduces costs and cuts the time spent preparing cases for court."

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Notes to Editors

  1. For media enquiries call the CPS Press Office on 020 3357 0906; Out of Hours Pager 07699 781 926
  2. For the latest in breaking news from the CPS Press Office follow @cpsuk and visit our official News Brief - blog.cps.gov.uk
  3. The CPS consists of 13 Areas in total, each headed by a Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP). In addition, there are three national casework divisions: Specialist Fraud (formerly Central Fraud and Welfare, Rural & Health Divisions), Special Crime & Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime. CPS Direct is a 'virtual' 14th Area which provides charging decisions to all police forces and other investigators across England and Wales - it operates twenty-four hours, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
  4. At 31 March 2015 we employed a workforce of approximately 5,895 staff (full time equivalent), including around 2,255 prosecutors and 3,288 caseworkers and administrators. Further information can be found on our website: www.cps.gov.uk.
  5. The CPS, together with police representatives (formerly 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. Read the Protocol for the release of prosecution material to the media.