Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is the primary agency in England and Wales responsible for prosecuting criminal cases. It is an independent organization that operates under the authority of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

The CPS is responsible for making decisions about which criminal cases to prosecute and for conducting those prosecutions in court. It does this by reviewing evidence gathered by the police and other law enforcement agencies, and determining whether there is sufficient evidence to bring charges against a suspect. If the CPS decides to prosecute a case, it will prepare the case and present it to court, with a prosecutor representing the CPS in court.

The CPS also has a role in providing legal guidance to the police and other agencies, and in working with other organizations to improve the criminal justice system. One of the key roles of the CPS is to ensure that cases are prosecuted in a fair and effective way, and that the rights of victims and witnesses are protected.

The CPS is a distinct agency in England and Wales, similar agencies exist in Scotland and Northern Ireland, with different names and responsibilities, like the Procurator Fiscal Service in Scotland and Public Prosecution Service in Northern Ireland respectively.

See also:

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) claims

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