CPS operational information

On this page, you will find information related to how the CPS does its job. This includes information about the running of the CPS itself and also on particular areas of policy like hate crime and violence against women and girls.

This is also where you'll find information of interest to external advocates, including information on the CPS Advocate Panels.

Witness expenses and allowances

Find out about how witness expenses and allowances are handled by the CPS

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Information for prosecuting advocates

Information of interest to prosecuting advocates engaged by the CPS. Please follow these links to find the information you require:

Hate Crime

The term 'hate crime' can be used to describe a range of criminal behaviour where the perpetrator is motivated by hostility or demonstrates hostility towards the victim's disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity.

Our Hate Crime pages provide a outline of how the CPS prosecutes these types of crime.

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Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG)

The CPS developed a Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) strategy, not only as a result of the importance the Service places on improving prosecutions of these crimes and supporting victims, but also in recognition of the United Nations, Council of Europe and End Violence Against Women Campaign initiatives and as part of the cross-government VAWG strategy (the cross-government VAWG narrative and action plans are available from GOV.UK).

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Advocate Panels

The CPS Advocate Panel ('the 2012 Panel') came into effect in February 2012 and central Specialist Panels followed in April 2013. The 2012 Panel established a time limited list of quality assured advocates to undertake criminal prosecution advocacy for CPS in the Crown Court and Higher Courts.

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National protocols and agreements with other agencies

The CPS has signed numerous protocols and agreements with other agencies, including agreements on how to deal with some types of crime and other aspects of the criminal justice system. We publish these in the interests of public understanding and transparency.

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