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 all but minor cases
- Prepares cases for court
- Presents those cases at court