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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 statement in relation to costs awarded against private prosecutor


The CPS has received a number of enquiries about a cost order made following a private prosecution brought by Aisling Hubert, which we took over and ended.

The application for legal costs against Ms Hubert was not made by the CPS nor did the CPS play any part in it. The judge, having heard submissions on behalf of Ms Hubert and the defence, decided to make the order. This decision was entirely a matter for the judge and the CPS had no influence over it. A copy of the judgment on the defence's application for costs can be found on the CPS website.


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