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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

The Criminal Case Management Framework


The Lord Chief Justice, the Attorney General, Lord Falconer and Fiona Mactaggart issued the second edition of the Criminal Case Management Framework (CCMF) on 21 July 2005.

The Framework provides operational practitioners with guidance on how cases might be managed most effectively and efficiently from pre-charge through to conclusion. It describes case management procedures and the roles and responsibilities of administrative staff operating those procedures, and of the defence. It also sets out the expectations of the judiciary

To be comprehensive, the Framework also includes references to new practices for charging and for witness management that are being delivered through the Criminal Case Management Programme (CCMP). CCMP brings together three major elements of Criminal Justice reform: Charging, the Effective Trial Management Programme and No Witness, No Justice. The Framework is also being closely aligned with the Criminal Procedure Rules that were introduced on 4th April 2005. Relevant sections of the rules on case management have been replicated in full to assist practitioners.

Two versions of the Framework are available from this page. A pdf version and an interactive version are available. Click on the link below to proceed further.

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