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Key Documents

Title

The Casework Quality Standards

Description

This second edition of the standards replaces the previous Core Quality Standards document in respect of casework.

Format

Available online in this section
The Casework Quality Standards

Title

The Code for Crown Prosecutors

Description

Issued under Section 10 of the Prosecution of Offences Act giving guidance on the general principles to be applied when making decisions about prosecutions.

Format

Available online in this section and also to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF in various languages:
The Code for Crown Prosecutors

Title

The decision to prosecute

Description

This explains how prosecution decisions are reached.

Format

Available online in the Victims and Witnesses section and also to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF in various languages:
The decision to prosecute
The decision to prosecute - English - PDF
The decision to prosecute - Arabic - PDF
The decision to prosecute - Bengali - PDF
The decision to prosecute - Chinese - PDF
The decision to prosecute - French - PDF
The decision to prosecute - Gujarati - PDF
The decision to prosecute - Polish - PDF
The decision to prosecute - Punjabi - PDF
The decision to prosecute - Somali - PDF
The decision to prosecute - Tamil - PDF
The decision to prosecute - Urdu - PDF
The decision to prosecute - Welsh - PDF

Policy and guidance by group

Title

Assisted Suicide

Description

Policy for prosecuting cases of assisted suicide and further information.

Format

Available online in this section
Assisted Suicide

Title

Conditional Cautioning

Description

Policy and guidance governing the use of conditional cautions and further information.

Format

Available online in this section
Conditional Cautioning

Title

Director's Guidance

Description

Guidance announced by the Diretor of Public Prosecutions on key aspects of the law.

Format

Available online in the Director's Guidance on the website
The Director's Guidance

Title

Disability Hate Crime

Description

Policy for prosecuting cases of disability hate crime and further information.

Format

Available online in this section
Disability Hate Crime

Title

Domestic violence

Description

Policy for prosecuting cases of domestic violence and further information.

Format

Available online in this section
Domestic violence

Title

Homophobia and Transphobia

Description

Policy for prosecuting cases with a homophobic and transphobic element and further information.

Format

Available online in this section
Homophobia and Transphobia

Title

Low Copy Number DNA testing in the Criminal Justice System

Description

Use of Low Copy Number DNA testing in the Criminal Justice System and further information.

Format

Available online in this section
Low Copy Number DNA testing in the Criminal Justice System

Title

Mental Health and Learning Difficulties

Description

Policy and guidance governing involving people with mental health and/or learning difficulties in cases and further information.

Format

Available online in this section
Mental Health and Learning Difficulties

Title

Prosecuting Crimes Against Older People

Description

Policy and guidance governing the prosecution of crimes against older people and further information.

Format

Available online in this section
Prosecuting Crimes Against Older People

Title

Racist and Religious Crime

Description

Policy for prosecuting cases with a racist or religious element and further information.

Format

Available online in this section
Racist and Religious Crime

Title

Victims and Witnesses

Description

Policy and guidance governing the welfare of victms and witnesses in cases and further information.

Format

Available online in this section
Victims and Witnesses

Other policy and guidance

Title

Rape

Description

Policy manual for prosecuting cases of rape

Format

Available online in this section and available to download on this site and in Adobe Acrobat PDF
Policy for Prosecuting Cases of Rape - on this site
Policy for Prosecuting Cases of Rape - PDF
Policy for Prosecuting Cases of Rape - Welsh - PDF
Rape and sexual offences manual

Title

Liaison and information exchange when criminal proceedings coincide with Chapter Four Serious Case Reviews or Welsh Child Practice Reviews - A Guide for the Police, Crown Prosecution Service and Local Safeguarding Children Boards (Published May 2014).

Description

A guide for Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs), lawyers from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), and police officers engaged as part of the Serious Case Review (SCR) process or as investigators in child abuse investigations including homicide.

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
Liaison and information exchange when criminal proceedings coincide with Chapter Four Serious Case Reviews or Welsh Child Practice Reviews - PDF

Title

CPS instructions for Prosecuting Advocates

Description

These instructions are incorporated into every prosecution brief. Any advocate prosecuting on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service will be expected to be familiar with the material in the booklet and to apply these instructions. Please note that this will take you to the Legal Guidance section on this website.

Format

Available online in the Legal Guidance section on this website
CPS instructions for Prosecuting Advocates

Title

Legal Guidance Manual

Description

This is an electronic manual containing 160 sections that are routinely updated. It provides guidance and advice to prosecutors and caseworkers in relation to criminal offences and procedural issues. This guidance does not override the principles set out in the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

Format

Available online on this website
Legal Guidance Manual

Title

Joint operational instructions for the disclosure of unused material

Description

These instructions assist CPS and police practitioners to perform their disclosure duties consistently and effectively. They are designed to provide a practical guide to disclosure principles and procedures, building on the framework of the Act, the Code and the Attorney General's Guidelines

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
Joint operational instructions for the disclosure of unused material - PDF

Title

Farquharson Committee Guidelines

Description

New guidelines launched in 2002 that outline the role and responsibilities of the Prosecution Advocate. The work is the product of the BAR/CPS Standards Group and the Guidelines build on, and develop, the principles established by the Farquharson Committee in 1986 and are intended to provide practical guidance for all prosecutors.

Format

Available online in this section and to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
Farquharson Committee Guidelines
Farquharson Committee Guidelines - PDF

Title

Householders and the use of force against intruders

Description

This document summarises the position when you are faced with an intruder in your home, and provides a brief overview of how the police and CPS will deal with any such events.

Format

Available online in this section and to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
Householders and the use of force against intruders
Householders and the use of force against intruders - PDF

Title

CPS Policy for Prosecuting Cases of Human Trafficking

Description

Following a public consultation in 2010, Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, published the CPS Policy for Prosecuting Cases of Human Trafficking.

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
CPS policy for prosecuting cases of human trafficking - on this site
CPS policy for prosecuting cases of human trafficking - English - PDF
CPS policy for prosecuting cases of human trafficking - Welsh - PDF

Title

Deaths in custody

Description

Explains the role of the Crown Prosecution Service when a person dies in custody.

Format

Available online in this section
Deaths in custody
Legal Guidance on deaths in custody

Title

Prosecution Policy for Football Related Offences

Description

The Association of Chief Police Officers and the Crown Prosecution Service policy for football related offences.

Format

Available online in this section
Prosecution Policy for Football Related Offences

Title

Policy for prosecuting cases involving the intentional or reckless sexual transmission of infection

Description

This policy statement explains the way in which we, the Crown Prosecution Service [CPS], deal with cases involving the intentional or reckless sexual transmission of infection.

Format

Available online in this section
Policy for prosecuting cases involving the intentional or reckless sexual transmission of infection

Title

The CPS National Standards of Advocacy

Description

The CPS National Standards of Advocacy set out what we expect from all prosecution advocates, whether they are one of our own lawyers or a member of the private Bar.

Format

Available online in this section
The CPS National Standards of Advocacy