Key Documents


We have two key documents that tell you what we do, how we make decisions and the service you can expect from us.

Our Core Quality Standards tell you what you can expect us to do when we prosecute people in court.

Visit the national website and read about our Core Quality Standards

The Code for Crown Prosecutors is a public document, issued by the Director of Public Prosecutions, that sets out the general principles Crown Prosecutors should follow when they make decisions on cases.

Visit the national website and read about the Code for Crown Prosecutors

About the CPS in Wales


Tenby harbourThe Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is the main prosecuting authority for Wales and England, bringing criminal cases to court and supporting victims and witnesses.

In Wales, we work closely with - but are independent from - the four police forces that serve Wales. Our lawyers review evidence gathered by the police and decide whether the case should go to court.


Our responsibilities include:

  • Advising the police during the early stages of investigations
  • Reviewing cases submitted by the police and deciding on appropriate charges
  • Preparing cases for court
  • Prosecuting cases at the Crown Court and magistrates' courts
  • Making sure that cases are prosecuted firmly, fairly and effectively
  • Helping to support victims and witnesses throughout the prosecution process.

In 20011/2012, the CPS in Wales prosecuted 50,108 cases in the magistrates' courts and 5,681 cases in the Crown Court. Our conviction rate was 87.7 per cent in the magistrates' court and 81.8 per cent in the Crown Court.

The CPS employs around 380 staff across Wales.  CPS Cymru-Wales Area is headed by a Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP), Barry Hughes, supported by an Area Business Manager (ABM), Mike Grist.

Complex Casework Unit

Our Complex Casework Unit deals with cases from across the whole of Wales.

It houses a team of experienced specialist lawyers, caseworkers and administration staff who work in collaboration with our police partners to tackle organised, serious and cross-border crime.

The Unit advises and guides the police during complex and major investigations.

The Cymru-Wales Complex Case Unit is based in our Cardiff office and is headed  by Catrin Evans.

Area Business Centre

Our business in Wales is supported by an Area Business Centre (ABC), which provides support, advice and guidance to our local offices in Wales.

The ABC houses experts in finance, performance, communications, equality, diversity, community engagement, human resources and leadership and learning.

The ABC is headed by Rhian Thomas and is based in our Cardiff office.