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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

CPS statement on The Guardian and the Metropolitan Police Service


A CPS spokesperson said:

"Yesterday (Monday) the Metropolitan Police asked the CPS for advice in relation to seeking a production order against Guardian Newspapers. The CPS has asked that more information be provided to its lawyers and has said that more time will be needed fully to consider the matter. As a result the scheduled court hearing will not go ahead on Friday. The MPS will consider what application, if any, it will make in due course, once it has received advice from the CPS."