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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

Cockle-pickers investigation and prosecution wins Justice Shield


CPS Lancashire was one of the criminal justice agencies involved in Operation Lund which has scooped top prize in the Justice Awards 2006.

Together with the Force Major Investigation Team (FMIT), Operation Lund took away the Justice Shield for its work on the Morecambe Bay cockle-picking tragedy, in which 23 people died in February 2004.

At the trial, innovative information technology was developed to help make the case more understandable for the jury. The CPS and police worked together tirelessly to bring vast quantities of complicated evidence to court, along with frightened witnesses.

  • Deborah Cartwright, crown prosecutor in CPS Lincolnshire, was runner-up in the Outstanding Contribution to Engaging Communities Category, for her work with sensitive cases. The CPS also had two finalists in the Daily Mirror People's Award - Colin Davies, Head of Complex Crime Unit, for his work on the Anthony Walker case and Debbie Parry, a senior crown prosecutor for Greater Manchester, who has worked extensively for victims of domestic violence. For more news of the Awards see: