Hassan caught on CCTV at Wimbledon station

Teenager convicted for tube terror attack

A teenager from west London whose homemade bomb exploded in a packed rush-hour tube carriage has been convicted of attempted murder.

The Prosecutors - from tonight on BBC4

The Prosecutors - back on BBC Four

The acclaimed documentary series following the work of the CPS is given another showing on BBC Four.

Domestic Abuse campaign


Almost two million people in England and Wales experienced domestic abuse in the last year.

Find out more about how the CPS  prosecutes domestic abuse, and take part in the government’s consultation.


Welcome to our new website

Each year, the CPS prosecutes around 600,000 cases across England and Wales - playing a major role in the criminal justice system. Our 6,000 lawyers, operational colleagues and other professionals are all committed to delivering justice and continually improving our service to the public. In every case, we work hard to support the victims of crime and witnesses. Our commitment to being open and honest is a major reason for this new website – to enable you to find more information about the CPS and our work more easily.

We are keen to make this site as clear and easy to use as possible. If you spot any errors or have any comments about the site please contact us.

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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. We are independent, and make our decisions independently of the police and government.

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. 

View all prosecution guidance
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