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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

R v Rogers & Others (horse racing trial), CPS statement


Reviewing lawyer Asker Husain, from the CPS Special Crime Division, said:

"It was right to prosecute this case. This was a serious allegation of fraud in connection with horse racing, with the potential to undermine the integrity of a historic sport enjoyed by millions.

"Our case was that there was a deliberate conspiracy to the detriment of the betting public. The judge rejected applications to dismiss the case made before the trial started. In his judgement on June 11th he said: 'I am satisfied that the prosecution's evidence in this case is such that a jury properly directed would be entitled to convict each of the applicants on count 1 of this indictment' [the conspiracy]. Of course we respect his decision, at the close of the Crown's case, that it should not be left to the jury for final consideration."

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