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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

people gathered around a whiteboardThe 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 all but minor cases
  • Prepares cases for court
  • Presents those cases at court

More facts about the CPS

Statutory Charging and CPS Direct

Your Local CPS

The Crown Prosecution Service has headquarters in London, York and Birmingham and operates under a structure of 42 Areas in England and Wales. Find out more about your local CPS.

Victims and Witnesses

Witness Care Units (WCU) have been created under the No Witness No Justice initiative to provide an enhanced level of service to all victims and witnesses of crime in England and Wales in cases where a charge has been brought. Staffed by CPS and police personnel, there are now WCUs in every CPS Area.

Victims and witnesses

Information to help the victims of crime through the experience of becoming involved in the criminal justice system

Further information for victims and witnesses