The CPS exists to ensure that wrongdoers are brought to justice, victims of crime are supported and that people feel safer in their communities.
Facts about the Crown Prosecution Service
The Crown Prosecution Service was set up in 1986 to prosecute criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales. In undertaking this role, the CPS:
- Advises the police on cases for possible prosecution
- Reviews cases submitted by the police for prosecution
- Where the decision is to prosecute, determines the charge in the more serious and complex cases
- Prepares cases for court
- Presents those cases at court
More facts about the CPS
Modernising Charging and CPS Direct
Your Local CPS
The Crown Prosecution Service has headquarters in London, York and Birmingham and operates under a structure of 13 Areas in England and Wales. Find out more about your local CPS.
Victims and Witnesses
Being a victim or a witness to a crime is not easy, but, with your help, we work hard to bring offenders to justice. Throughout the justice process we will support you and treat you with dignity.
From reporting the crime to passing sentence we explain what happens, the role of the Crown Prosecution Service and what you can expect from us.
Victims and witnesses