About the CPS in Wales
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is the main prosecuting authority for Wales and England, bringing criminal cases to court and supporting victims and witnesses.
In Wales, we work closely with - but are independent from - the four police forces that serve Wales. Our lawyers review evidence gathered by the police and decide whether the case should go to court.
Our responsibilities include:
- Advising the police during the early stages of investigations
- Reviewing cases submitted by the police and deciding on appropriate charges
- Preparing cases for court
- Prosecuting cases at the Crown Court and magistrates' courts
- Making sure that cases are prosecuted firmly, fairly and effectively
- Helping to support victims and witnesses throughout the prosecution process.
In 20011/2012, the CPS in Wales prosecuted 50,108 cases in the magistrates' courts and 5,681 cases in the Crown Court. Our conviction rate was 87.7 per cent in the magistrates' court and 81.8 per cent in the Crown Court.
The CPS employs around 380 staff across Wales. CPS Cymru-Wales Area is headed by a Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP), Ed Beltrami, supported by an Area Business Manager (ABM), Mike Grist.
Complex Casework Unit
Our Complex Casework Unit deals with cases from across the whole of Wales.
It houses a team of experienced specialist lawyers, caseworkers and administration staff who work in collaboration with our police partners to tackle organised, serious and cross-border crime.
The Unit advises and guides the police during complex and major investigations.
The Cymru-Wales Complex Case Unit is based in our Cardiff office and is headed by Catrin Evans.
Area Operations Centre
Our business in Wales is supported by an Area Operations Centre (AOC), which provides support, advice and guidance to our local offices in Wales.
The AOC houses experts in finance, performance, communications, equality, diversity, community engagement, human resources and leadership and learning.
The AOC is headed by Rhian Thomas and is based in our Cardiff office.