Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) gives you rights to access official information held by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Under FOIA, you have a right to request any recorded information held by a public authority, such as a government department, local council or state school.

  • You can ask for any information you think a public authority may hold. The right only covers recorded information which includes information held on computers, in emails and in printed or handwritten documents as well as images, video and audio recordings.

  • You should identify the information you want as clearly as possible.

  • Your request can be in the form of a question, rather than a request for specific documents, but the authority does not have to answer your question if this would mean creating new information or giving an opinion or judgment that is not already recorded.

  • Some information may not be given to you because it is exempt, for example because it would unfairly reveal personal details about somebody else.

Under the Data Protection Act, you have the right to get a copy of the information that is held about you by the Crown Prosecution Service. This is known as a subject access request.

Freedom of Information releases

The CPS publishes a selection of responses to Freedom of Information Act requests, which may be of wider interest.

If you wish to access a copy of the material released for any of these requests, please contact the Information Management Unit.

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Freedom of Information Releases 2017

Full list of Freedom of Information Releases for 2017

Freedom of Information, Publication Scheme


How do we manage your data?

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) takes the security of the data we manage ‎very seriously. Our staff understand the value of the information we hold and their obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA); training is provided from their induction and remains a regular feature of their ongoing development.

Robust systems and procedures exist across all aspects of our business which are designed to ensure we meet the various principles set out in the DPA at all stages. Any breach of these systems and procedures is referred to the Departmental Security Unit.

Regulatory Body

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is the Regulatory Body for the CPS. The ICO publishes information about your rights to access personal information and official information from public bodies, including the CPS.

If you have a concern about a response you have received from the CPS in relation to a request for personal data, information about the CPS, or a data breach you can raise it using the ICO website.


How to contact us to request removal of personal details from the CPS website

We try to make sure that all content on the CPS website is accurate. This includes reporting on the outcome of criminal cases. If you think that your name appears on the CPS website in error, or that there is a good reason for your details or other content to be changed or removed, please contact our web team by email at: