Julie Warburton, Eran Cutliffe and Caroline Haughey in The Prosecutors

Acclaimed documentary 'The Prosecutors' returns for second series

See behind the scenes of the Crown Prosecution Service when acclaimed fly-on-the-wall documentary The Prosecutors returns to TV screens in August

Read more about the CPS Modern Slavery report

CPS publishes its first report into modern slavery

Charges for modern slavery offences have risen by more than a quarter in the last year according to figures published by the Crown Prosecution Service.  

Read about the CPS 2020 inclusion and community engagement strategy

CPS 2020 inclusion and community engagement strategy

Our new three year inclusion and community engagement strategy sets out our ambition to build on strong foundations.

Read about proposed changes to the Code for Crown Prosecutors

Consultation on the Code for Crown Prosecutors

Alison Saunders CB, the Director of Public Prosecutions, has today launched a consultation on a proposed new edition of the Code for Crown Prosecutors (the Code). The Code is used on a daily basis by prosecutors and the police when deciding whether or a not a suspect should be charged with a criminal offence.

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The Crown Prosecution Service

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) prosecutes criminal cases that have been investigated by the police and other investigative organisations in England and Wales. The CPS is independent, and we make our decisions independently of the police and government.

Our duty is to make sure that the right person is prosecuted for the right offence, and to bring offenders to justice wherever possible.

The CPS:

  • decides which cases should be prosecuted; 
  • determines the appropriate charges in more serious or complex cases, and advises the police during the early stages of investigations; 
  • prepares cases and presents them at court; and 
  • provides information, assistance and support to victims and prosecution witnesses. 

Prosecutors must be fair, objective and independent. When deciding whether to prosecute a criminal case, our lawyers must follow the Code for Crown Prosecutors. This means that to charge someone with a criminal offence, prosecutors must be satisfied that there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction, and that prosecuting is in the public interest.

Crime info

We prosecute people for hundreds of different types of crime every year. This section gives an introduction to some of the categories of offending that we are asked about most often.

Victims and witnesses

Being a victim or a witness to a crime is not easy, but with your help, we work hard to bring offenders to justice. Throughout the justice process we will support you and treat you with dignity.

From reporting the crime to passing sentence we explain what happens, the role of the CPS and what you can expect from us.

Support for victims & witnesses

Prosecution guidance

This guidance assists our prosecutors when they are making decisions about cases. It is regularly updated to reflect changes in law and practice. 

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