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A churchwarden who manipulated his elderly neighbours found guilty of murder

Benjamin Field carried out a targeted campaign of manipulation against churchgoers Peter Farquhar, 69, and Ann Moore-Martin, 83, who lived doors apart in the picturesque Buckinghamshire village of Maids Moreton.

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How the CPS proved the case against serial liar ‘Nick’ over false claims of VIP child abuse ring

The man known as ‘Nick’, whose false child abuse allegations sparked a £2 million investigation into a VIP paedophile ring, faces a lengthy jail term after the CPS proved him to be a serial liar and a fraud.

Kyle Davies

Teenager convicted for researching mass shootings before trying to buy handgun

Kyle Davies, 19, was convicted of attempting to possess a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life. He was arrested in June 2018 after a parcel containing a hand gun and ammunition he bought online was intercepted by Homeland Security Investigations at Newark Airport, New Jersey.

Lady Justice

How cases are prosecuted in the CPS: From charge to conviction - a case study

The CPS prosecuted 533,161 cases last year. Here, see how we prosecuted a man for murder from the first phone call through to conviction

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