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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

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CPS Anthony Walker Law Scholarship launched


The Crown Prosecution Service Merseyside is now inviting applications for a law scholarship in memory of Anthony Walker, a young man with ambitions of becoming a lawyer, who was murdered in a racist attack in 2005.

It is open to any Black or Minority Ethnic graduate who wishes to study for the Legal Practice Course (LPC) in 2008/9 with a view to becoming a solicitor or the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) with a view to becoming a barrister. The 12 month scholarship will start this summer with work-based training in the CPS office of Crosby, Merseyside.

Paul Whittaker, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Merseyside said: "Following earlier announcements by the Attorney General and Director of Public Prosecutions I am pleased to invite applications and identify the first scholar.

"Anthony had dreams of becoming a lawyer. These dreams were ended in a vicious and unprovoked racist attack. I hope this scholarship will help people like Anthony to reach for their dreams. I want to let people see that the CPS offers an interesting and varied career that is open to everybody, and it is where people are judged on their merits.

"The CPS is determined to be an open and accountable prosecution service that reflects the communities we serve. Nationally 14.2 per cent of staff and 14 per cent of Chief Crown Prosecutors are from Black and Minority Ethnic communities. We are working hard in Merseyside to ensure that access to careers in the CPS are open to everybody and that we reflect the community we serve."

  1. Media enquiries to CPS Press Office on 020 7710 6088 or 020 7796 8105.
  2. For more information and details about how to apply for the scholarship please go to Careers in the CPS on this website.
  3. In November 2005 a jury found Michael Barton guilty of Anthony Walkers murder. His friend Paul Taylor pleaded guilty on the first day the pair were due to stand trial.
  4. The Crown Prosecution Service is the Government Department responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales. It is responsible for:
    • Advising the police and reviewing the evidence on cases for possible prosecution;
    • Deciding the charge where the decision is to prosecute;
    • Preparing cases for court;
    • Presentation of cases at court;

    The CPS consists of 42 Areas in total, each headed by a Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP). A telephone service, CPS Direct, provides out-of-hours advice and decisions to police officers across England and Wales. The CPS employs around 8,400 people and prosecuted 1,091,250 cases with an overall conviction rate of 83.7% in 2006-2007. Further information can be found on this website.