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Open and Accountable

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 set out legislation designed to make public organisations and governmental departments more open and accountable. It states that the following information should be made available to the general public.

  • How public organisations make decisions
  • The way they carry out their duties
  • How they spend public money

The Freedom of Information Act came into force in January 2005.

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The Crown Prosecution Service has headquarters in London and York and operates under a structure of 42 Areas in England and Wales.

These Areas correspond to the 43 police forces in England and Wales with the London Area covering the operational boundaries of both City of London and Metropolitan Police Forces.

The 42 Area structure, introduced in April 1999, meets the Government’s aim of developing a co-ordinated criminal justice system with national policies delivered locally.


We aim to deal with complaints sensitively, fairly and in confidence. If your complaint is justified we will apologise, try to put the matter right and take steps to ensure it does not happen again. Visit the complaints section of the CPS website.

Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FoIA) gives a general right of public access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities including the CPS. Visit the FoIA section of the CPS website.