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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 London takes to the web


A web site designed by CPS London to provide the public with a better understanding of the Area's work went live today (Monday 10th Jan).

The CPS London web site features a news section, an outline of initiatives carried out under Operation Emerald, such as the charging scheme and No Witness, No Justice, and examples of cases handled by CPS London.

Elsewhere on the site are sections covering diversity issues, advice for professionals and Area publications.

It is the second Area website to be developed by web design company Ecru - the first was CPS Northamptonshire's.

A spokesperson for CPS London said: "The very fact that around 1,500 people a month are visiting the London section of the CPS national website shows that there is a huge public interest in the work of the Area.

"As well as explaining our pivotal role in London's criminal justice system, we aim to showcase best practice."

The CPS London website is available at