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The Public Prosecution Service - Setting the Standard


The Public Prosecution Service - Setting the Standard

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer, QC, has today published his plan for taking forward the public prosecution service, at the heart of the criminal justice service.… full story

CPS updates its policy to tackle robustly Football Hooliganism


Anyone receiving a Football Banning Order this season will not be able to actively support England and Wales if they qualify for the World Cup finals in South Africa next year, said Nick Hawkins, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and the CPS lead on football matters.… full story

Victims and witnesses with mental health issues or a learning disability should have access to justice, says DPP


The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has published two new public policy statements to explain how it will deal with cases involving victims and witnesses who have mental health issues or a learning disability to ensure they have access to justice.… full story

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Organised Crime Division

Drug trafficking, people trafficking, use of firearms, money laundering, internet crime, fraud, serious robbery and organised vehicle crime at home and internationally, are all dealt with by the Organised Crime Division. A specialist team of experienced prosecutors, the Organised Crime Division work closely with the police and international law enforcement agencies to bring criminals to justice.

Special Crime Division

Deaths in custody, corporate manslaughter, medical manslaughter, serious public corruption, appeals to the House of Lords and extradition are just some of the types of cases dealt with by specialist Crown Prosecutors in the Special Crime Division.

Terrorism, race hate, crimes against humanity, war crimes, violent extremism, hijacking and espionage cases are tackled by a specialist team of Crown Prosecutors. The Counter Terrorism Division of the CPS includes highly experienced prosecutors, advocates and caseworkers who work closely with the police to bring offenders to justice.

“Who is going to pick up my children from school if I have to be at court? This is one of the concerns that victims and witnesses of crime may have when asked to give evidence in a prosecution case”. CPS Witness Care Unit Manager, Debbie Hewlett explains how she and her team in Avon and Somerset help everyday victims and witnesses to give evidence in court.

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Interested in fighting for justice? Find out about career opportunities at the CPS.

Latest Vacancies

Principal Crown Advocate

Manchester | Closing date 11 Sept 2009

Group Finance Manager

South Wales - Cardiff | Closing date 06 September 2009

Witness Care Officer

Nottingham | Closing date 26 August 2009

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Victims and Witnesses

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Victims and witnesses are at the heart of the criminal justice system and we take our duties to victims and witnesses very seriously. Being fair and being seen to be fair are the cornerstones of everything we do. We aim to be transparent in what we do and keep you informed of our decisions.

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We consult with the public, community groups, the voluntary sector and other agencies about the way we do our work. You can help us to be better informed, fairer and more representative by participating in our consultations.

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A public consultation on The Code for Crown Prosecutors

Closed: 23 April 2009

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We are committed to open justice and therefore publish detailed information about the way we work and the way we make decisions. In the professionals section you can find detailed Legal guidance, The Code for Crown Prosecutors and information about how we make decisions, the way we carry out our duties and how we spend public money.

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