Prosecution Policy and Guidance
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is committed to strengthening the prosecution process and bringing offenders to justice fairly, firmly and effectively.
Legal Guidance is prepared by the Crown Prosecution Service. It provides guidance to prosecutors and paralegal staff in relation to many criminal offences and procedural issues. The Legal Guidance is used as an aid to guide Crown Prosecutors and Associate Prosecutors in the use of their discretion in making decisions in cases, and is subject to the principles as set out in the Code for Crown Prosecutors. You may use and re-use the information (not including logos) produced by the Crown Prosecution Service free of charge in any format or medium. For further information see our copyright page. Please note that our website also holds copies of publications issued by other agencies. You are advised to check the policies on reproducing those publications directly with the publishing agencies.