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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 out of hours service raises online profile


CPS Direct, the out of hours charging division of the Crown Prosecution Service, is increasing its online presence with a dedicated area on the CPS website aimed at raising public awareness of its contribution to the Criminal Justice System in England and Wales.

Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Direct, Martin Goldman, said:

"Our prosecutors serve every community in England and Wales and we believe it is essential that the public are aware of the work we undertake on their behalf and that we are accountable for that work.

"The last four years have been a time of exceptional growth for CPS Direct. We now have 138 prosecutors working in shifts to provide advice to the police over-night and at weekends and public holidays 365 days a year. We recently passed the 500,000 calls milestone. A good deal of our effort has been directed towards the delivery of our frontline services; its now time to publicise our work and our achievements to a wider audience."

It is intended that the site will also serve as a resource for anyone interested in the work of CPS Direct. Mr Goldman said;

"I hope that our dedicated web-space will provide everyone with useful and interesting information that will give an accurate picture of what we do, how we do it and the standards we achieve. By being open about what we do I hope that we can build confidence.

"The web-space also gives an opportunity to everyone who visits the site and especially those who use our service the most to provide us with feedback or questions about our work so we can always be looking to improve the service we provide."

  1. The URL for the CPSD web-space is
  2. Media enquiries to Jane Holman, CPS Press Office 020 7796 8106.