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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

Welcome to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) web site


The site has been redesigned to represent better local communities and make it easier for visitors to find information they need and learn more about our work.

Taking the theme Open Justice a video now features and includes an interview with Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Keir Starmer QC. The DPP explains what the CPS is doing to further promote openness and transparency and how it is directly engaging with communities.

Web site visitors will be able to read more about the CPS achievements in a new online journal by the Director that launches soon.

Further improvements on the web site include:

  • More useful information for victims and witnesses of crime 
  • Changes that make it easier for site visitors to find local information about the organisations work and job vacancies in their area
  • A reorganised news centre that now also includes more support information alongside press releases to help readers better understand CPS policy and practice and investigate legal issues in more detail.

This month (March) existing DirectGov audiences will also be able to read about the CPS work on digital TV via Sky, Virgin and Freeview. Additionally, they can catch an edited version of the exclusive DPP video on the official government DirectGov web-enabled mobile phone service for citizens.