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The Role of The Crown Prosecution Service

The Crown Prosecution Service is the government department responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales.

As the principal prosecuting authority in England and Wales, we are responsible for:

  • advising the police on cases for possible prosecution
  • reviewing cases submitted by the police
  • determining any charges in more serious or complex cases
  • preparing cases for court
  • presenting cases at court

Find out more about the role of the Crown Prosecution Service

CPS Annual Report and Resource Accounts 2005-06


The Director's Annual Report to the Attorney General and Resource Accounts, were laid before Parliament today.

The report details progress against CJS Public Service Agreement (PSA) targets, the achievements of the CPS throughout the year, plus detail on CPS expenditure and the financial position at the end of the year along with the Statement for Internal Control.

The CPS Annual Report and Resource Accounts 2005-06 is available on this website in the Publications - Reports section.