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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

23/02/2017
West Midlands

Passenger jailed for trying to force his way into cockpit

A 34-year-old man who twice tried to storm into an airline cockpit during a flight from Bulgaria to the UK has today been sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court to 18 months imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to affray.

22/02/2017
Merseyside Cheshire

Drug dealer found guilty of murder

A drug dealer has been convicted of the murder of a man in Liverpool in April 2016.

22/02/2017
South West

HGV driver guilty of causing death by dangerous driving

On Tuesday 21st February at Truro Crown Court, Joseph David Smith (30) was sentenced to 32 months imprisonment, disqualified from driving for 5 years and required to pass an extended driving test for Causing Death by Dangerous Driving, Contrary to Section 1 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 whilst in control of an HGV Car Transporter.

21/02/2017
Yorks Humber

CPS Yorkshire and Humberside response to HMCPSI inspection

The Crown Prosecution Service in Yorkshire and Humberside has strong leadership and communications, works effectively with its criminal justice partners and is committed to delivering staff engagement and development according to a report published today by Her Majesty's CPS Inspectorate.

21/02/2017
London

Voyeur who filmed girl in toilet convicted of sexual offences

A man has been found guilty of filming a girl in a toilet in a McDonalds, sexually assaulting another girl and outraging public decency.

20/02/2017
Thames Chiltern

Man jailed for sexually abusing two young girls - Hertford

A man was jailed for 3 years today, Friday, 17 February 2017, for sexually abusing two young girls.

20/02/2017
Thames Chiltern

Driver jailed for ramming pregnant woman's car - Hitchin

An irate driver, who terrified a pregnant mother when he deliberately rammed her car three times, has today, Friday, 17 February 2017, been jailed for 15 months and banned from driving for 3 years.

20/02/2017
Thames Chiltern

Man jailed for stealing truck driver's phone - Watford

Watford man Neil Williams was jailed for 27 months today, Friday, 17 February 2017, after a truck driver caught him stealing his mobile phone.

20/02/2017
Thames Chiltern

Man jailed for manslaughter - Leighton Buzzard

A traveller, whose van hit and killed a 6 foot 4 tall 20-stone 'Gentle Giant' was today, Tuesday, 14 February 2017, jailed for 10 years for manslaughter.

20/02/2017
East Midlands

Life sentences for Brendan Mason's murderers

Two Leicester men have been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Brendan Mason, in Abbey Park in July 2016.

20/02/2017
London

Teenager convicted of wielding ‘zombie-slayer knife'

A teenager has been convicted of wielding a 'zombie-killer' knife.

16/02/2017
Thames Chiltern

Man jailed for sexually abusing and raping teenage girl - Hemel Hempstead

A man, who raped and sexually abused a teenage girl, was today, Tuesday, 14 February 2017, jailed for 15 years.

16/02/2017
Thames Chiltern

Man jailed for smuggling items into prison - Bovingdon

A man, who smuggled items into a prison, was today, Friday, 10 February 2017, jailed for 30 months.

16/02/2017
Thames Chiltern

Burglar jailed for attacking three teenagers with metal bars - Hemel Hempstead

A burglar, who terrified three young men in Hemel Hempstead, attacking them with metal bars, has today, Friday, 10 February 2017, been jailed for nine years.

16/02/2017
Thames Chiltern

Man jailed for arranging to meet underage girl - Luton

A man, who was confronted by paedophile hunters when he arrived at Luton railway station thinking he was going to meet a 14-year-old girl, has today, Friday, 10 February 2017, been jailed for 18 months.

16/02/2017
South West

Bath councillor Donal Hassett guilty of drugs conspiracy

Following an eleven-day trial at Bristol Crown Court, Donal Hassett, who was a Conservative Councillor for Bath and North East Somerset, has been convicted of conspiracy to produce cannabis.

16/02/2017
West Midlands

Landlord convicted of secretly filming female tenants

A landlord, who covertly filmed women at his home, was sentenced on 8 February 2017 at Warwick Crown Court to 12 months imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to observing a person doing a private act.

15/02/2017
Wales

CPS succeeds in increasing rapist's sentence

A convicted rapist has had his jail term quadrupled after top judges described his original sentence as "far too low".

15/02/2017
Thames Chiltern

Man charged with murder - Headington, Oxford

Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has authorised officers from Thames Valley Police to charge a man with the murder of a man in Oxford.

15/02/2017
West Midlands

Man jailed for kidnap and indecent assault

A 72-year-old man has today been sentenced to nine years imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to kidnapping a six-year-old girl from a village in Staffordshire and indecently assaulting her more than 15 year ago.