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Help us improve how we explain our work on rape and serious sexual assault

Help us improve how we explain our work on rape and serious sexual assault

As part of our work on rape and serious sexual offences we’ve made a commitment to improve the information we provide to victims, supporters and the public about how we charge and prosecute these cases. We’re asking for your feedback because we want to make sure that we’re getting things right.

New guide for victims of rape and serious sexual assault

New guide for victims of rape and serious sexual assault

What happens when a case comes to the CPS? We’ve designed this guide for victims to explain the process of a criminal trial and what you can expect at each stage.

David Fuller cycling in the 1980s, the ditch where he left Caroline Pierce's body and the scenes of the murders

Hospital electrician convicted of cold-case double murder and 51 sexual offences

WARNING: This story contains details of sexual offending some readers may find distressing.

A hospital electrician has been convicted of murdering two women in the 1980s, as well multiple necrophilia offences against female bodies in mortuaries he accessed at work.

Proceeds of crime

International city businesses hand over €34m proceeds of crime in the UK’s largest account forfeiture

CPS, City of London Police and the private sector have worked together, using specialist powers, to achieve the largest ever proceeds of crime forfeiture in the UK.

New Inclusion and Community Engagement Strategy

New Inclusion and Community Engagement Strategy puts community at heart of CPS work

The Inclusion and Community Engagement strategy, launched during National Inclusion Week, sets out how the CPS will become a more diverse and inclusive organisation and will prioritise listening to the communities it serves to help shape the national prosecution service.

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 & 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. 

View all prosecution guidance
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