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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



West Midlands

Athlete sentenced to 18 years imprisonment for the attempted murder of British Athletics official

An athlete who stabbed a number of British Athletics officials at their offices in Birmingham has today been handed a custodial sentence at Birmingham Crown Court for attempted murder.

West Midlands

Two men convicted of smuggling stun guns into the UK

Two men have today been sentenced after they pleaded guilty to bringing stun guns disguised as torches into the UK from Turkey.

South East

Former Sussex priest jailed over further historic sexual offence

A former Sussex priest, already serving 10 years in prison for 36 historic sexual offences, has been sentenced to nine months in prison.


Gang jailed for flying Lithuanian brides into UK in immigration scam

A gang who flew Lithuanian brides into the UK as part of an immigration scam have today (10 March) been sentenced to more than 14 years' imprisonment in total by Croydon Crown Court.


Video cameras worn by police have been used to convict a man who assaulted a woman and her son

Video cameras worn by police have been used to convict a man who assaulted a woman and her son.


Former vicar jailed after dying victim gave evidence using eye-tracking technology

A former vicar who abused a choirboy more than 35 years ago has been jailed for four years after his victim gave evidence using eye-tracking technology which turned his blinks into words.

North West

Three jailed for people trafficking and running brothels in Preston and Blackburn

Three Romanian men have been sentenced to a total of 10 and a half years imprisonment at Preston Crown Court for trafficking women within the UK for the purpose of sexual exploitation in Preston and Blackburn between 27 September 2014 and 11 May 2016.

West Midlands

Holiday maker convicted of arson on board aircraft

John Cox, a 46-year-old man from Kidderminster, has today been sentenced to four years and six months' imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to arson, for starting a fire in a toilet on board a flight from Birmingham to Sharm-el-Sheikh while cruising at an altitude of 35,000 feet.


Church leader convicted of sexual assaults during prayer sessions

A male church leader and a woman have been convicted of committing sexual assaults on women during prayer sessions.

North West

Man jailed for 60 hour rooftop siege at Manchester prison

A 37 year old man has today been found guilty and sentenced to 9 years' imprisonment Manchester Crown Court of causing £250,000 of damage to HMP Manchester and affray during a 60 hour long roof top siege in September 2015.

North West

Preston woman given hospital order for possessing explosive substances

28 year old Harriet Skully has today been made the subject of a hospital order at Preston Crown Court for possessing explosive substances at her Preston home.

Yorks Humber

Hull man sentenced for three years for attack and threats on his ex-partner

Jonathan Hunt has been jailed for three years at Hull Crown Court today after pleading guilty to breaching a restraining order, putting a person in fear of violence, assault by beating and dangerous driving.


David Cockle

A former Norfolk Police officer who found rare gold coins on a farmer's land while metal detecting was sentenced today at Ipswich Crown Court to 16 months' imprisonment for theft. His action was described as "a serious heritage crime" by CPS East of England.

North West

Five men jailed for sexual exploitation of girls in Rochdale

Five men from Rochdale have today (Feb 17) been jailed for serious sexual offences committed against three teenage girls between 2004 and 2008.

North West

Miklos Verebes jailed for murdering and raping partner in Carlisle

A 29-year-old man has today been found guilty and sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court to 28 years imprisonment for murdering his partner at a house on Orton Road, Carlisle on 15th September 2016. He was also found guilty of raping her on three occasions between 2013 and 2016.

Thames Chiltern

Man jailed for causing death by dangerous driving - A34 East Ilsley

A man appeared at Reading Crown Court today, Friday, 03 March 2017, and was jailed for three years and eight months for causing the death of a man by dangerous driving on the A34 last June.

West Midlands

Man jailed for fatal stabbing in Newtown

A 20-year-old man has today been jailed for 13 years at Birmingham Crown Court, after he was found guilty of the manslaughter of Samuel Simret who was stabbed to death outside a café in Newtown.


Man admits wedding day rapes

A man has admitted raping a woman on his wedding day in a prolonged sexual attack.

South West

Street Preachers guilty

The case of two evangelical Christian preachers accused of religiously aggravated public disorder concluded at Bristol Magistrates Court, yesterday Tuesday 28th February.

East Midlands

Life sentence for Leicester knife murder

A Leicester man has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Adam Bent in July 2016.