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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

11/01/2017
South East

Man convicted of multiple rapes and coercive and controlling behaviour

A man has been convicted at Canterbury Crown Court of raping a woman nine times and waging a campaign of coercive and controlling behaviour against her.

11/01/2017
Eastern

Cambridgeshire

Paul Bond has been found guilty today (9 January 2017) at Cambridge Crown Court of the attempted murder of his university lecturer wife, Dr Marian Bond, by hitting her to the head more than once with a lump hammer in what was described as "a determined, planned attack" by CPS East of England.

11/01/2017
Merseyside Cheshire

Geoffrey Fryar quoted on teenager

Geoffrey Fryar, Senior District Crown Prosecutor with Mersey-Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service said: ôSean Grindle was not insured to drive this car and held just a provisional licence at the time of this incident.

09/01/2017
Thames Chiltern

Man jailed for two burglary sprees - South Bank and Hemel Hempstead

Daniel Butler, aged 28, appeared at Luton Crown Court, via video link from Bedford Prison, on Friday, 06 January 2017, and was jailed for two years after committing two burglary sprees in Gabriel's Wharf on the South Bank in London and near his home in Hemel Hempstead.

09/01/2017
Thames Chiltern

Woman jailed for burglary - Luton

A woman, who burgled the home of a single mum when she knew she was out working, has today, Friday, 06 January 2017, been jailed for two years.

09/01/2017
Thames Chiltern

Brothers jailed for distraction burglaries - South East England

Two brothers were jailed for a total of 21 years today, Thursday, 05 January 2017, for their involvement in distraction burglaries across the South East of England.

09/01/2017
West Midlands

Drink-drive teenager jailed for causing death of taxi passenger

An 18-year-old woman has today been sentenced to three years imprisonment at Warwick Crown Court after she pleaded guilty to causing the death of a taxi passenger by careless driving.

05/01/2017
North West

Four month sentence and five year shop ban for Whitehaven shoplifter

A prolific shoplifter from Whitehaven has been handed a four month prison sentence and a five year criminal behaviour order (CBO) at Workington Magistrates Court. The criminal behaviour order (CBO) prevents Karl Schofield, age 47, from entering Shopwatch shops in Egremont and Whitehaven for five years after he has served his prison sentence.

05/01/2017
London

Man convicted of murder after stabbing innocent bystander at pub

A man who stabbed an innocent bystander who had objected to him threatening a barmaid has been found guilty of murder by an Old Bailey jury today.

04/01/2017
Thames Chiltern

Man jailed for commiting burglaries while on licence - Luton

Burglar Paul Hayman, who ransacked an 87-year-old Luton man's house and stole a memory box, was today, Wednesday, 04 January 2017, jailed for 3 years.

04/01/2017
Thames Chiltern

Man jailed for breaking partner's nose - St Albans

A Welwyn Garden City man, who broke his partner's nose after accusing her of cheating on him, was today, Tuesday, 03 January 2017, jailed for 12 months.

30/12/2016
Merseyside Cheshire

Alison Mutch statement on VAWG

Alison Mutch, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for Mersey-Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service, is the area lead for Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG).

30/12/2016
Merseyside Cheshire

Teenagers guilty of killing a man

Two Liverpool teenagers have been found guilty of killing a father from Widnes.

23/12/2016
North West

Man jailed for defrauding Storm Desmond flood appeal charity

A 29 year old man has today been sentenced to nine months imprisonment at Carlisle Crown Court for defrauding the Cumbria Community Foundation of £4,050 between December 2015 and April 2016.

23/12/2016
Yorks Humber

Hull man sentenced to eleven years for attempting to murder his wife

Ion Tontu has today been sentenced at Grimsby Crown Court after stabbing his wife eleven times in a jealous rage.

22/12/2016
Eastern

Two men convicted in Chelmsford grooming case

Two takeaway pizza workers have been convicted at Chelmsford Crown Court of grooming a young teenage girl, supplying her with drugs, and prostituting her to other men.

22/12/2016
Eastern

Darren Byrne

A former City trader who knocked his wife unconscious, set her body on fire and then took his dog for a walk as an alibi has been jailed for life today.

22/12/2016
Eastern

HBV and Forced Marriage Protocol

The CPS and National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) have published the first ever joint honour-based violence/abuse and forced marriage protocol today (14 December 2016), outlining their commitment to the successful investigation and prosecution of these crimes. The protocol recognises the importance of strong partnership working between these two agencies.

22/12/2016
North West

Dangerous driver jailed for Stretford hit and run

A 33 year old man has today been jailed for six years at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court for causing death by dangerous driving of 59 year old Susan Smythe on Chester Road, Stretford on 9th September 2016 just before 10pm.

22/12/2016
South West

Lansdown Lane - Men convicted of unlawful killings

Matthew Gordon and Peter Wood have today been convicted at Bristol Crown Court of the unlawful killings of a four-year-old girl and three adult men.