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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

Corporate identity review


On 26 March, the CPS introduced its new logo, as part of an overall review of its corporate identity.

There are specific guidelines on the use of the logo, including format, application of colours and the size of reproduction.

The logo may not be used without permission from the CPS. To obtain permission, artwork and associated guidelines on the use of the logo, please email: