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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

Fact Sheets

Anti-Social Behaviour

Anti-social behaviour has a huge impact on the quality of life of millions of people in England and Wales.

Find out more about how we prosecute anti-social behaviour

Driving Offences Involving Death

The main types of driving offences involving fatalities are 'dangerous driving' and 'careless or inconsiderate' driving.

Find out more about driving offences involving death


Extradition is the formal procedure for returning persons located in one country to another country for legal reasons.

Find out more about extradition

Private Prosecutions

We recognise that the right to bring a private prosecution should remain and that we should not take over a private prosecution unless there is a good reason to do so for the public good.

Find out more about private prosecutions

Sexual Offences

The Sexual Offences Act 2003 provides clear and coherent sex offences to protect individuals from abuse and exploitation, and is designed to be fair and non-discriminatory.

Find out more about the Sexual Offences Act 2003

Witness Care Units

The aim of witness care units is to provide a single point of contact for victims and witnesses, minimising the stress of attending court and keeping victims and witnesses up to date with any news in a way that is convenient to them. Witnesses are essential to successful prosecutions and we are committed to making the process as straightforward as we can.

Find out more about witness care units