At the CPS we work with a range of partners from across the criminal justice system.
There are 43 police forces across England and Wales.
They are responsible for investigating crime, collecting evidence and arresting or detaining suspected offenders.
For less serious offences the police will make the decision about whether a suspect should be charged. For more serious offences the police will send the case to the CPS and we will make a decision about whether a suspect can be prosecuted.
You can find more information about the police, including information about your local force on the police website: police.uk
HM Courts and Tribunals Service
HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) is responsible for the administration of courts and tribunals in England and Wales. There are different courts for criminal, civil and family matters.
HMCTS help to ensure access to justice and that the courts and tribunals system is fair, efficient and accessible.
The Ministry of Justice has responsibility for different parts of the justice system – the courts, prisons, probation services and attendance centres. Its work spans criminal, civil and family justice, democracy, rights and the constitution.
The Ministry of Justice is a ministerial department, supported by 32 agencies and public bodies.
His Majesty's Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI
His Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) inspects the work carried out by the CPS and other prosecuting agencies. Their purpose is to enhance the quality of justice and make an assessment of prosecution services that enables or leads to improvement in their efficiency effectiveness and fairness.