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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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New Chief Executive appointed at the Crown Prosecution Service


Nick Folland, a business leader and solicitor, has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Mr Folland will join in March 2016 and will report directly to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). He takes over from Peter Lewis who is retiring after nine years as Chief Executive.

Mr Folland joins the CPS from a long career in the private sector. A qualified solicitor, he was an Executive Board Member, General Counsel, Company Secretary and Corporate Affairs Director with Kingfisher PLC between 2007 and 2013 and he led the legal and company secretariat teams.

He joined The Co-operative Group as Chief of Staff to the Chief Executive in 2013, where he was part of the team brought in to rescue the bank and reform the Co-op. He was later promoted to Chief External Affairs Officer.

He is a member of the Halley Project Board of the British Antarctic Survey and a member of the Natural Environment Research Council. In his spare time he is also an accomplished Triathlon competitor.

He was appointed following fair and open competition in accordance with the recruitment principles of the Civil Service Commission. His appointment has been confirmed by the Prime Minister.


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 -
  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:
  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.