International Justice and Organised Crime Division (IJOCD)
Organised crime represents a serious threat, both to our national security and to the economic well-being of the UK. The International Justice and Organised Crime Division is responsible for three broad areas of work:
Specialist lawyers prosecute members of the most serious organised crime groups operating in England and Wales. The majority of these cases are investigated by the National Crime Agency (NCA) and often involve drug trafficking, money laundering, human trafficking and modern slavery, sexual exploitation and cyber-crime. The vast majority of this work has an international dimension. This team also handles complex immigration cases investigated by Immigration Enforcement.
As well as a London based international team, the CPS has a number of specialist prosecutors, who may be termed Criminal Justice Advisers or Liaison Magistrates, based overseas in countries of strategic importance to CPS casework and/or wider Government strategies to counter the threat from serious and organised crime and terrorism. As well as acting as a centre of expertise for the CPS in international engagement, co-operation and evidence-gathering, the team is responsible for assisting with justice reform and other assistance to improve the detection and effective prosecution of particular types of criminality of concern to the UK, such as terrorism and serious and organised crime in certain countries where we have placed a Criminal Justice Advisor.
The team conducts extradition proceedings on behalf of foreign authorities following a request for the extradition of a person located in England and Wales. While CPS Areas are responsible for their own European Arrest Warrants, the Extradition team makes extradition requests to non-European countries on behalf of CPS Areas and acts as a centre of expertise on extradition within the CPS.