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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

20/04/2017
London

Couple convicted of causing or allowing the death of baby who was found dead on London bus

A couple who tried to cover up the death of their three-month old baby by carrying her lifeless onto a bus have been convicted of causing or allowing her death.

19/04/2017
South East

Suspended jail sentence for Surrey disability hate crime

A man has been given a suspended prison sentence, after sending threatening messages to a Leatherhead woman with Down's Syndrome, in which he also mocked her disability.

13/04/2017
North West

Former priest sentenced for sex offences

Michael Higginbottom has today been sentenced to 17 years in prison for sexual offences committed against a teenage boy in the 1970s, when Higginbottom, a former Catholic priest, taught at St. Joseph's College in Up Holland, Lancashire.

13/04/2017
Wales

Man kills five-year-old boy by driving dangerously

Dean Collins was driving his Ford Focus on the A48 Western Avenue on 13 September 2015 when he drifted onto the opposite carriageway and collided with another car seriously injuring the occupants. It also resulted in his passengers being injured: one of them fatally.

13/04/2017
South East

Commitment to support victims of domestic violence

We will do everything we can to support victims of domestic violence as we bring their cases to court – that's the commitment made in a speech by Kent's most senior prosecutor.

12/04/2017
Thames Chiltern

Man jailed for manslaughter - Bedford

Two friends, who regularly travelled to London to watch West Ham play, fell out after a game last December with tragic consequence.

12/04/2017
Eastern

Adams and Wallace

Kacey Adams and Daniel Wallace have each been sentenced to life imprisonment at Chelmsford Crown Court today (3 April 2017) for their roles in a sadistic burglary in Kent and a drive by shooting in Essex.

12/04/2017
West Midlands

Youth convicted of three bank robberies

A teenager who robbed three banks over a three week period has today been handed a two year detention and training order at Wolverhampton Youth Court.

12/04/2017
West Midlands

Former police officer convicted for possessing indecent photographs of children

A 60-year-old retired Metropolitan police officer from Oswestry, who currently serves as a civilian communications operator for West Mercia Police, has been sentenced to 11 months' custody suspended for 12 months after pleading guilty at Telford Magistrates' Court on 10 April, to possessing 54 indecent images of children.

11/04/2017
East Midlands

Life sentence for 'vicious' Leicester sex attack

A Leicestershire man has been given a life sentence for a vicious attack on a stranger in Bede Park in Leicester in October 2016.

11/04/2017
South West

Former Nurse jailed

Former Torbay nurse, George Anderson 27 appeared at Exeter Crown Court and has today been jailed for 19 years and four months following the rape of a 3 year old child.

10/04/2017
Thames Chiltern

Man jailed for attacking partner - Bedford

A Bedford man, who made life a misery for a young woman living in the town, was jailed for 32 months today, Friday, 7 April 2017.

10/04/2017
Thames Chiltern

Man jailed for murder - High Wycombe

A man appeared at Reading Crown Court today, Monday, 10 April 2017, and was jailed for life, and is to serve a minimum of 24 years, for the murder of a woman in High Wycombe last September.

10/04/2017
South West

Suspended sentence for killer of rare butterflies

Phillip Cullen (57) who illegally captured and killed one of Britain’s rarest butterflies, the Large Blue was spared jail on Friday 7th April as he appeared at Bristol Magistrates Court for sentencing.

07/04/2017
Merseyside Cheshire

Cash Machine explosion gang convicted

An organised crime gang has been convicted of blowing up cash machines across Britain and stealing hundreds of thousands of pounds.

07/04/2017
Yorks Humber

Hate Crime Sentencing Uplifts

Read below the latest series of hate crime case studies involving sentencing uplifts.

07/04/2017
West Midlands

Man jailed for 25 years for knife attack on two good Samaritans

A man has today been jailed for 25 years imprisonment, with a five year licence extension, at Warwick Crown Court after he was found guilty of the attempted murder of a good Samaritan.

07/04/2017
South West

Uninsured driver sentenced

Joseph Ashmead (25) of Brislington appeared before Bristol Crown Court yesterday charged with dangerous driving, contrary to section 2 of the road traffic act.

06/04/2017
Thames Chiltern

Teenager jailed for attacking girl despite order - Luton

A Luton teenager, who attacked a girl in the street forcing her to the ground and punching her, was jailed for 20 months today, Friday, 31 March 2017.

06/04/2017
London

Conman convicted of wine fraud

A conman who tricked his girlfriend and others out of more than £100,000 by pretending he was a successful international businessman has been found guilty of 22 counts of fraud.