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Prosecution Policy and Guidance

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is committed to strengthening the prosecution process and bringing offenders to justice fairly, firmly and effectively.

Legal Guidance

filing cabinetsLegal Guidance is prepared by the Crown Prosecution Service. It provides guidance to prosecutors and paralegal staff in relation to many criminal offences and procedural issues. The Legal Guidance is used as an aid to guide Crown Prosecutors and Associate Prosecutors in the use of their discretion in making decisions in cases, and is subject to the principles as set out in the Code for Crown Prosecutors. You may use and re-use the information (not including logos) produced by the Crown Prosecution Service free of charge in any format or medium. For further information see our copyright page. Please note that our website also holds copies of publications issued by other agencies. You are advised to check the policies on reproducing those publications directly with the publishing agencies.

Legal Guidance

Legal Guidance User Guide

Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 set out legislation designed to make public organisations and governmental departments more open and accountable.


These documents provide information about how we make decisions, the way we carry out our duties, transparency data and how we spend public money.

Prosecution College

Prosecution CollegeThe Prosecution College has a unique role to play in providing high quality development opportunities. More information is available on the website at