Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire falls within the CPS Thames and Chiltern Area, one of 13 CPS Areas across England and Wales, which prosecute people charged with a criminal offence.

CPS lawyers review the evidence gathered by the police and decide whether the case should go to court.

Responsibilities include:

  • Advising the police on possible prosecutions
  • Reviewing cases submitted by the police and deciding on the charge
  • Preparing cases for court
  • Prosecuting cases at Crown Courts and Magistrates' Courts

Cases are prosecuted firmly, fairly and effectively when there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction and when it is in the public interest to do so.

Caseload

In the financial year to March 2014, CPS Thames and Chiltern prosecuted 38,100 cases in Magistrates' Courts and 5,114 cases in Crown Courts. The conviction rate for this period was 84.6% in Magistrates' Courts and 78.4% in Crown Courts.

In the financial year to March 2014, CPS Hertfordshire prosecuted 10,116 cases in Magistrates' Courts and 1,581 cases in Crown Courts. The conviction rate for this period was 85.5% in Magistrates' Courts and 77.9% in Crown Courts.

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