The Data section of the Crown Prosecution Service website is where we publish underlying source data for the data.gov.uk website. data.gov.uk is a key part of the Government's Transparency programme for the UK public sector as a whole. The site provides a single point of entry to all the government data becoming available.
CSV data format
We have chosen to publish our data in CSV (comma-separated values) format. This is a simple text format for a database table. Each record in the table is one line of the text file. Each field value of a record is separated from the next with a comma. The first line of the text file may be a header line containing a usable 'name' for each field.
Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) caseload data are available through its Case Management System (CMS) and associated Management Information System (MIS).
The CPS collects data to assist in the effective management of its prosecution functions. The CPS does not collect data which constitutes official statistics as defined in the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007. This data has been drawn from the CPS's administrative IT systems, which (as with any large scale recording system) is subject to possible errors with data entry and processing. The figures are provisional and subject to change as more information is recorded by the CPS. We are committed to improving the quality of our data and from mid June 2015 introduced a new data assurance regime which may explain some unexpected variance in some sets of data.
The official statistics relating to crime and policing are maintained by the Home Office and the official statistics relating to sentencing, criminal court proceedings, offenders brought to justice, the courts and the judiciary are maintained by the Ministry of Justice.