National protocols and agreements with other agencies

A National Protocol between the Police and Crown Prosecution Service in the Investigation and Prosecution of Offences in Relation to which the Cross-examination of a Witness will be Pre-Recorded

This protocol has been produced and approved by the NPCC lead for Victims and Witnesses in conjunction with the Crown Prosecution Service. Protocols produced by the NPCC should be used by chief officers to shape police responses to ensure that the general public experience consistent levels of service. The operational implementation of this document will require operational choices to be made at local level in order to achieve the appropriate police response and this document should be used in conjunction with Authorised Professional Practice (APP) produced by the College of Policing. It will be updated and re-published as necessary.

Download the Protocol (PDF document, 235kb)

Memorandum of Understanding between the Crown Prosecution Service, Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and CILEx Regulation Limited

This Memorandum of Understanding between the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) and CILEx Regulation Limited (CRL) sets out arrangements for the regulation of Associate Prosecutors.

Download the MoU (PDF document, 150kb)

Protocol between the National Police Chiefs' Council, the Crown Prosecution Service and Her Majesty's Courts & Tribunals Service to expedite cases involving witnesses under 10 Years (updated July 2018)

This protocol details the working arrangements between the police, the CPS and HMCTS to expedite cases involving very young witnesses to:

a) maximise the opportunity for them to provide their best evidence
b) minimise the stress and emotional impact of the Criminal Justice process.

A protocol between the National Police Chiefs' Council, the Crown Prosecution Service and Her Majesty's Courts & Tribunals Service to expedite cases involving witnesses under 10 Years - PDF (Updated July 2018) (approx 700 kb)
Protocol rhwng Cyngor Cenedlaethol Prif yr Heddlu, Gwasanaeth Erlyn y Goron a Gwasanaeth Llysoedd a Thribiwnlysoedd Ei Mawrhydi i brysuro achosion sy'n cynnwys tystion dan 10 mlywdd oed (diweddarwyd Gorffennaf 2018)

Protocol on the handling of so-called ‘Honour-Based’ Violence/Abuse and Forced Marriage Offences between the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the Crown Prosecution Service

Agreed between the CPS and the NPCC, this protocol outlines the procedures and guidance that should be followed in investigating and prosecuting alleged cases of so-called ‘Honour-Based’ Violence/Abuse.

Protocol on the handling of so-called ‘Honour-Based’ Violence/Abuse and Forced Marriage Offences between the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the Crown Prosecution Service (Word document)

Protocol on the handling of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) offences between the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the Crown Prosecution Service

Agreed between the CPS and the NPCC, this protocol outlines the procedures and guidance that should be followed in investigating and prosecuting alleged cases of FGM.

Protocol on the handling of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) offences between the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the Crown Prosecution Service (Word document)

General Principles to compensate overseas victims (including affected States) in bribery, corruption and economic crime cases

Agreed between The Serious Fraud Office (SFO), the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the National Crime Agency (NCA).

Through application of the General Principles we aim to ensure that overseas victims of bribery, corruption and economic crime, are able to benefit from asset recovery proceedings and compensation orders made in England and Wales. Such victims could include affected states, organisations and individuals.

General Principles to compensate overseas victims (including affected States) in bribery, corruption and economic crime cases (PDF document, approx 62kb)

Joint Protocol between the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the National Police Chiefs' Council on dealing with third party material

This Joint Protocol between the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the Police draws together the existing guidance and best practice on identifying, inspecting, reviewing and obtaining third party material. It sets out the cooperation arrangements between the Parties in respect of the investigation, the institution and the prosecution of offences in which there is third party material and the relevant duties and functions of the investigator, the disclosure officer and the prosecutor.

Joint Protocol between the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the National Police Chiefs' Council on dealing with third party material (PDF, approx 427kb)

Joint Protocol on the Appropriate Handling of Stalking or Harassment Offences

This Joint protocol between the Crown Prosecution Service and the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC), published on 11 September 2014 and revised on 23 May 2018, sets out the principles governing the investigation and prosecution of stalking or harassment offences.

Joint Protocol on the Appropriate Handling of Stalking Offences - PDF (approx 173kb)

National Disclosure Improvement Plan

The Joint National Disclosure Improvement Plan (published 26 January 2018) builds on detailed work over the past six months to agree an effective approach to meet this challenge and represents the shared commitment of the Crown Prosecution Service and the National Police Chiefs' Council to make sustainable change to the way we exercise our duties of disclosure.

National Disclosure Improvement Plan

Serious Crime Prevention Orders - Memorandum of Understanding

This Memorandum of Understanding between the Crown Prosecution Service, the Food Standards Agency, the Insolvency Service, the Financial Conduct Authority, Natural Resources Wales, the Competition and Markets Authority and the Environment Agency is to establish a robust operational process between the agencies, to enable the CPS to apply for SCPOs on behalf of these prosecuting authorities.

Serious Crime Prevention Orders - Memorandum of Understanding - Word document, approx 859kb

Agreement between the Crown Prosecution Service, the National Police Chiefs' Council, the Chief Coroner and the Coroners' Society of England and Wales (2016)

This document sets out an agreement between the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC), the Chief Coroner and the Coroners' Society of England and Wales (CSEW). This agreement establishes a common understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the CPS, police, and coroners where an investigation gives rise to a suspicion that a serious criminal offence (other than a health and safety or regulatory offence1) may have caused a death; sets out good practice on the communication between CPS, NPCC and coroners, and the bereaved family/next of kin; and ensures that coroners will be kept informed of the progress made during the various outcomes of a criminal investigation.

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with coroners and the police, 2016 - PDF document, approx 176kb

Agreement for working on human trafficking cases between UK Prosecution Services

Agreement (prosecutor commitment and supporting statement) between the DPP, the Lord Advocate for Scotland and the DPP for Northern Ireland to work collaboratively in the prosecution of cases of human trafficking and slavery

Agreement (prosecutor commitment and supporting statement) for working on human trafficking cases between UK Prosecution Services - Adobe PDF document, approx 80kb

CPS Contact Details for Defence Practitioners by CPS Area

This document provides a list of CPS contact details for defence providers. It shows each of the 13 Areas and the group mail boxes to be used for Magistrates and Crown Court correspondence, with group mail box addresses for specific teams with the Area. Group e-mail boxes are seen as good practice as they are regularly accessed and managed.

All e-mail addresses end in suffix CJSM.net, so defence firms can be confident the e-mail is being sent securely if a CJSM e-mail address is used to compose and send the e-mail.

Please note that these are secure email contact details for the use of defence solicitors ONLY. Emails to these addresses from other correspondents will be rejected by the secure system.

Last updated December 2015.

CPS Contact details for Defence Practitioners by CPS Area (Excel spreadsheet, approx 31kb)

Reading Victim Personal Statements in Court Protocol

The purpose of this protocol is to set out the working arrangements between the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) and the Witness Service for the reading of Victim Personal Statements (VPS) in Criminal Proceedings.

The working arrangements are deigned to comply with the duties on service providers as set out in the Code of Practice for Victims and have been endorsed by the Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales.

Protocol for Reading Victim Personal Statements in Court (PDF document, approx. 219kb)

Agreement on the handling of incidents falling under both criminal and football regulatory jurisdiction

Agreement between the Crown Prosecution Service, Association of Chief Police Officers, the Football Association and the Football Association of Wales on the handling of incidents falling under both criminal and football regulatory jurisdiction. Dated 02 September 2015.

Agreement on the handling of incidents falling under both criminal an football regulatory jurisdiction - PDF (approx 466kb)

Transforming Summary Justice

A cross-Criminal Justice System initiative to improve how cases are handled by magistrates' courts, resulting in reduced delay, fewer hearings and more effective trials.

Introduction to Transforming Summary Justice - PDF (May 2015) (approx 71kb)

The appropriate handling of crimes in prisons: Protocol between the National Offender Management Service, the Association of Chief Police Officers and the Crown Prosecution Service, 26 February 2015

This protocol, agreed by the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), sets out the principles relating to the referral, investigation and prosecution of crimes committed in prisons. It applies to all prison and YOI establishments and to Immigration Removal Centres operated by NOMS and covers crimes committed in prison by any person including by prisoners, staff, social and professional visitors and contractors.

The protocol aims to ensure that acts of criminality within prisons are properly addressed where the prison determines that the internal discipline process is insufficient and where the circumstances indicate that criminal prosecution is appropriate.

A protocol between NOMS, ACPO and the CPS on the appropriate handling of crimes in prisons - PDF (26 February 2015) (approx 237 kb)

ACPO-CPS protocol on the investigation and prosecution of allegations of rape, January 2015

This joint protocol between the Crown Prosecution Service and the Association of Chief Police Officers, published on 8 January 2015, sets out how both organisations will deal with all rape cases from the initial complaint to after the verdict in a trial.

Updated version 2.1 published June 2015

ACPO-CPS protocol on the investigation and prosecution of allegations of rape, January 2015 - PDF (approx 159kb). Updated version 2.1 published June 2015

Action plan on human trafficking and slavery

Action plan agreed at a meeting held by the Director of Public Prosecutions on 4 December 2013 on Human Trafficking and Slavery. The meeting was attended by CPS, Home Office, voluntary sector and police representatives.

Human trafficking and slavery action plan - PDF (approx 111kb)

Joint working agreement on tackling forced labour between CPS, ACPO, UKBA and the GLA

This agreement on tackling forced labour outlines the best practice for joint working between the Police Service, the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA), the UK Border Agency (UKBA) and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in England and Wales. It also provides a basis for local agreements if required.

Joint Working Agreement between CPS, ACPO, UKBA and the GLA - PDF

Joint Guidance and Memorandum of Understanding issued by CPS and IPCC

New guidance has been issued for Independent Police Complaints Commission investigators and CPS prosecutors dealing with the advice process on IPCC investigations. An MoU has also been agreed between the departments.

Joint guidance issued by the CPS and the Independent Police Complaints Commission - PDF
Memorandum of Understanding agreed between the CPS and the Independent Police Complaints Commission - PDF

CPS Direct Communication with Victims: CPS/ACPO National Framework for Local Protocols

A national framework to assist in the development of local arrangements between the police and CPS for the provision of information to victims of significant developments in cases.

CPS Direct Communication with Victims: CPS/ACPO National Framework for Local Protocols

Memorandum of Understanding between the CPS and the Institute of Legal Executives

The Memorandum of Understanding between the Crown Prosecution Service and the Institute of Legal Executives sets out the arrangements for CPS Associate Prosecutors to become members of the Institute and the respective roles and responsibilities of the CPS and the Institute in the administration of the scheme.

Memorandum of Understanding between the CPS and the Institute of Legal Executives - PDF

War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

Agreement between the Crimes against Humanity Unit of SO15 in the Metropolitan Police (SO15) and the Counter Terrorism Division of the Crown Prosecution Service (CTD) in relation to allegations of War Crimes and/or Crimes against Humanity.

War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

Bar/CPS Standard for Communication between Victim, Witness and the Prosecuting Advocate

The Bar/CPS Standard for Communication between Victim, Witness and the Prosecuting Advocate, published in February 2006, encourages engagement between the prosecutor and victim groups and witnesses during the court process. Developed through partnership with the Bar and Law Society together with other interested parties, it underlines the principles contained in the Attorney General's Guidelines on the Acceptance of Pleas and the Prosecution Role in the Sentencing Exercise 2005. It contributes towards the CPS delivery of the Prosecutors' Pledge.

Bar/CPS Standard for Communication between Victim, Witness and the Prosecuting Advocate - PDF

Publicity and the Criminal Justice System

Protocol for working together: Chief Police Officers, Chief Crown Prosecutors and the Media.

Publicity and the Criminal Justice System

Memorandum of Understanding between the CPS and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) concerning Section 46 Sexual Offences Act 2003

This Memorandum of Understanding between the CPS and ACPO has been drafted in accordance with domestic and European law and acknowledges those professionally involved in the management, operation or use of networks and services to be re-assured of protection where they are acting to combat the creation and distribution of images of child abuse.

MoU between CPS and ACPO on Section 46 Sexual Offences Act 2003 - PDF

Investigation And Prosecution Of Child Abuse Cases

A protocol on sharing information between agencies in child protection investigations and prosecutions.

Investigation And Prosecution Of Child Abuse Cases

The Prosecutors' Convention

A convention between prosecuting authorities to provide arrangements for ensuring effective co-ordination of decision making and handling in related cases which are the responsibility of different authorities.

The Prosecutors' Convention

Work-Related Deaths: A protocol for liaison

This is an agreement concerning liaison from investigation through to prosecution between the Health and Safety Executive, ACPO, CPS, British Transport Police, Office of Rail Regulation, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Fire and Rescue Services (through their professional body, the Chief Fire Officers' Association) and local authorities through their representative bodies, the Local Government Association and the Welsh Local Government Association. It is available from the Health and Safety Executive's website.

The 'Work-Related Deaths Protocol: Practical guide', to assist the police, enforcing authorities and prosecutors in the joint investigation, and where applicable the prosecution, of cases in relation to deaths in the workplace, is also available from the HSE website.

Work-Related Deaths : A protocol for liaison - available from the Health and Safety Executive website

Joint Working Agreement between the Association of Chief Police Officers, the Crown Prosecution Service and NHS Protect

The purpose of the joint working agreement is to put in place a broad framework to assist local units of the three national organisations (Association of Chief Police Officers, the Crown Prosecution Service and NHS Protect) in setting up closer working arrangements to reduce the problem of violence and anti social behaviour affecting the NHS.

Joint Working Agreement between the Association of Chief Police Officers, the Crown Prosecution Service and NHS Protect