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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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Hate Crime

Hate crime is any criminal offence committed against a person or property that is motivated by hostility towards someone based on their disability, race, religion, gender identity or sexual orientation:

  • race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality or national origins
  • religion
  • gender or gender identity
  • sexual orientation
  • disability
  • age

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CPS wins award for hate crime work


A Crown Prosecution Service team from West Yorkshire today won a national Justice Award* for pioneering work in analysing its hate crime cases. Hate Crime Scrutiny panels are now being rolled out across the CPS.

Neil Franklin, Chief Crown Prosecutor for West Yorkshire said:

"I am delighted that CPS West Yorkshire’s Hate Crime Scrutiny Panel has been recognised for its outstanding contribution to equality and diversity. The work of the Panel is widely acknowledged, but to win this award provides us with enormous satisfaction."

The Panel was set up in November 2004, originally to look at the way race cases were handled by the CPS in West Yorkshire. It was the first of its kind in the country and was established as a means of building trust and confidence between the CPS and local communities. The Panel recently extended its remit to scrutnise cases with a racial, religious, homophobic or transphobic element.

The Panel is made up of independent members from the five main hate crime partnerships in West Yorkshire. These are: Stop Hate UK, Bradford Hate Crime Alliance, Wakefield Hate Incident Group, Calderdale Hate Crime Partnership and Kirklees Safer Communities. It meets four times a year when members study a random sample of cases dealt with by CPS West Yorkshire over the previous three months.

The aim is to ensure that the way hate crime is dealt with is open and transparent and also to raise awareness and promote understanding of how the CPS works among local communities. By building greater confidence in the work that we do it is also hoped that more people will come forward and report such crime, and be willing to act as witnesses.

The success of the panel can be seen in a marked increase in the prosecution of hate crimes in the area and a decrease in the attrition (failure) rate.

  1. Media enquiries to CPS Press Office on 020 7710 6088.
  2. *The Justice Awards is a national scheme to recognise the diverse work done by those working within the Criminal Justice System (CJS). Further information anad list of finalists and winners can be found at
  3. CJS practioners across England and Wales nominated teams and individuals who made outstanding contributions to delivering justice. The winners were then selected by senior ministers and officials.
  4. The Justice Awards is run by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform which reports trilaterally to the Home Secretary, the Lord Chancellor and the Attorney General. The judging panel includes the aforementioned as well as other high level practitioners across the Criminal Justice System.
  5. The Justice Awards ceremony was held on Monday 5 November 2005 at the Merchant Taylors Hall in Threadneedle Street, City of London.