The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) routinely publishes information about us, our spending, our priorities, our decisions, our policies and procedures, information in lists and registers, and about our services. This section helps you to find that information.
Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 was designed to make public organisations and governmental departments more open and accountable. It states the following should be available to the general public:
- How public organisations make decisions
- The way they carry out their duties
- How they spend public money
Like all Government departments, we regularly publish underlying data on our website and on DATA.GOV.UK , in accordance with the Cabinet Office's Transparency Agenda. Our underlying data covers many aspects of the CPS' structure, expenditure and performance.
Caveats relating to underlying data
Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) caseload data are available through its Case Management System (CMS) and associated Management Information System (MIS).
The CPS collects data to assist in the effective management of its prosecution functions. The CPS does not collect data which constitutes official statistics as defined in the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007. This data has been drawn from the CPS's administrative IT systems, which (as with any large scale recording system) is subject to possible errors with data entry and processing. The figures are provisional and subject to change as more information is recorded by the CPS. We are committed to improving the quality of our data and from mid June 2015 introduced a new data assurance regime which may explain some unexpected variance in some sets of data.
The official statistics relating to crime and policing are maintained by the Home Office and the official statistics relating to sentencing, criminal court proceedings, offenders brought to justice, the courts and the judiciary are maintained by the Ministry of Justice.
For more information, go to the CPS data caveats page on this website.