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Hate Crime Awareness Week 2021

The CPS is committed to working with our partners and communities to help root out and tackle all forms of hate crime. We don’t tolerate hate crime and will continue to bring the strongest possible cases for prosecution.

Sarah Everard

Wayne Couzens sentenced to whole life term for the kidnap, rape and murder of Sarah Everard

Wayne Couzens has been handed a whole life sentence for the kidnap, rape and murder of Sarah Everard. On 8 June 2021, Couzens, 48, pleaded guilty to the kidnap and rape of Ms Everard and on 9 July 2021 pleaded guilty to her murder.

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.

Graphic: 'Don't Cross The Line'

Two convicted of online racist abuse of footballers

Two men, Simon Silwood, 50, and Scott McCluskey, 43, have recently been convicted of racially abusing footballers online. There is no room in the game, nor elsewhere, for racism. Where there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest we will prosecute such cases and seek an increased sentence on conviction.

How we prosecute rape - read more

How we prosecute rape

Find out more about how we prosecute rape and serious sexual offences, with links to guidance, policy, news, case studies and more that explain how we deal with these complex and harrowing cases. READ MORE

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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