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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

Local Areas

The CPS is divided into 13 geographical Areas across England and Wales.

Each Area is led by a Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP) who is responsible for the provision of a high quality prosecution service in their Area.

Each CCP is supported by an Area Business Manager (ABM), and their respective roles mirror, at a local level, the responsibilities of the DPP and Chief Executive. Administrative support to Areas is provided by Area Operations Centres.

A 'virtual' 14th Area, CPS Direct, is also headed by a CCP and provides out-of-hours charging decisions to the police.

Find out more about the CPS in your area

Local Area News

Date

Outline

21/11/2017
South East

Two convicted of Modern Slavery Act offences

Two people who arranged for underage girls to be trafficked for sexual exploitation have been convicted of offences under the Modern Slavery Act today (21 Nov).

21/11/2017
South West

Man sentenced for historic sexual offences and rape

Colin Prill (38) of East Hill, Camborne, appeared before His Honour Judge Carr at Truro Crown Court yesterday (20th November) for sentencing following his guilty pleas for multiple counts of rape and other sexual offences that spanned over a 22-year period.

21/11/2017
West Midlands

Brothers jailed for a total of 30 years for attempted murder

Two brothers have been jailed for a total of 30 years for attempted murder after attacking a man who they believed showed a lack of respect for a relative who died in a road traffic accident.

20/11/2017
West Midlands

Father jailed for life for murdering his children

A father who suffocated his two young children with a cloth soaked in petrol before setting fire to the family home has been jailed for life, to serve a minimum of 33 years, for their murder.

16/11/2017
West Midlands

Driver sentenced for causing death by careless driving on A518

A motorist, who crashed head on into another car as he tried to carry out an overtaking manoeuvre on the A518, has today been given a suspended jail sentence for causing death by careless driving.

16/11/2017
South West

Nephew of Rose West jailed

Steven Letts (39), the nephew of notorious serial killers Fred and Rosemary West was jailed on Tuesday at Gloucester Crown Court for 18 years.

16/11/2017
South East

Former Brighton man convicted of deliberately infecting sexual partners with HIV

A man who deliberately infected at least five sexual partners with HIV has been convicted of causing grievous bodily harm.

15/11/2017
Thames Chiltern

Man jailed for falsely imprisoning his ex girlfriend - Luton

A restaurant owner was jailed for 18 months today, Wednesday, 15 November 2017, after a court heard how he tried to tie up his ex girlfriend and bundle her into a cellar at the eatery in Hastings Street, Luton.

15/11/2017
Thames Chiltern

Son jailed for assaulting mother with intent to rob her - Bedford

A young man from Bedford, who held a kitchen knife to the neck of his mother as he demanded money from her, has been jailed for four and a half years today, Tuesday, 14 November 2017.

15/11/2017
Thames Chiltern

Pensioner jailed for sexually abusing four girls over four decades - Dunstable

A Dunstable pensioner, who sexually abused four girls over four decades, was jailed for 23 years today, Friday, 10 November 2017.

15/11/2017
Thames Chiltern

Prolific burglar jailed - Bedford

A prolific Bedford burglar was jailed for 3 years 9 months today, Friday, 10 November 2017, for breaking into an elderly woman's home while she was away on holiday.

15/11/2017
Thames Chiltern

Brother and sister jailed for fraud - Luton

A brother and sister from Luton were jailed today, Wednesday, 8 November 2017, for scamming Electrolux customers.

15/11/2017
West Midlands

Woman convicted of fake ticket scam

A fraudster who sold fake concerts tickets has been jailed for two years, suspended for 24 months, ordered to carry out 150 hours unpaid work and to pay back £9,982, which she defrauded from her victims.

15/11/2017
South East

Pensioner jailed for huge weapons cache

A man who was found with 160 firearms including machine guns, rifles and shotguns at his home in Gillingham has been jailed for five years today (15 November).

15/11/2017
London

Woman convicted of false allegation of racist attack

A woman has been given a suspended prison sentence for maliciously accusing a man of carrying out a racist assault.

15/11/2017
North West

Woman sentenced to prison for manslaughter of grandmother

A woman has been sent to prison in connection with the death of her 91-year-old grandmother.

15/11/2017
North West

Siblings jailed for over 19 years for alcohol-fuelled violence

Three members of the same family have been jailed for sustained and unprovoked assaults committed following a party in a Carlisle social club.

15/11/2017
West Midlands

Firearms dealer convicted of supplying weapons and ammunition

A registered firearms dealer from Gloucester has today (14 November 2017) been found guilty of supplying illicit guns and ammunition linked to over 100 crimes around the country.

14/11/2017
London

Man convicted over bomb hoax call the day after Manchester Arena terror attack

A man who phoned the Home Office with a hoax bomb threat the day after the Manchester Arena terror attack has been convicted of a communications offence.

13/11/2017
North West

Man sentenced for running 'Manchester Gas Man' business

A drug dealer nicknamed "Manchester Gas Man"has been sentenced after admitting selling nitrous oxide to students.