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The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is committed to strengthening the prosecution process and bringing offenders to justice fairly, firmly and effectively.

Legal Guidance

filing cabinetsLegal Guidance prepared by The Crown Prosecution Service. It provides guidance to prosecutors and caseworkers in relation to many criminal offences and procedural issues. The Legal Guidance is used as an aid to guide Crown Prosecutors and Associate Prosecutors in the use of their discretion in making decisions in cases, and is subject to the principles as set out in the Code for Crown Prosecutors.

Legal Guidance

Prosecution College

Prosecution CollegeThe Prosecution College has a unique role to play in providing high quality development opportunities. More information is available on the website at

Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 set out legislation designed to make public organisations and governmental departments more open and accountable.


These documents provide information about how we make decisions, the way we carry out our duties and how we spend public money.