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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

Reminder: fake witness summons emails


In recent weeks the Crown Prosecution Service has been made aware that members of the public have been receiving emails falsely claiming to be from the CPS. The emails include a summons to appear as a witness in court.

The CPS would like to remind the public that we do not email witnesses in order to summons them to court.

If you receive an email of this nature, please delete it without clicking on any of the enclosed links.


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