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The Role of The Crown Prosecution Service

The Crown Prosecution Service is the government department responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales.

As the principal prosecuting authority in England and Wales, we are responsible for:

  • advising the police on cases for possible prosecution
  • reviewing cases submitted by the police
  • determining any charges in all but minor cases
  • preparing cases for court
  • presenting cases at court

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DPP announces new head of Fraud Prosecution Division


Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, today announced Gregor McGill as the new Head of the Fraud Prosecution Division, the specialist team within the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) dedicated to prosecuting fraud-related offences.

Mr McGill joins from the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office (RCPO) where he was the divisional head responsible for serious and organised crime. The role saw him working closely with the CPS central casework divisions, Serious and Organised Crime Agency and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.

Mr Starmer said: "I am delighted to announce Gregor McGill as the new Head of the Fraud Prosecution Division, which handles some of the most complex cases within the CPS.  He will bring strength, knowledge and experience to the role."

Mr McGill said: "I am very excited by this opportunity. It will be a privilege to lead the CPS team in such an important area."

With nearly a quarter of a century of legal experience, Mr McGill offers considerable expertise in handling specialist organised crime. He has worked in the private sector and for the CPS previously in a range of roles including as a Unit Head in a London Criminal Justice Unit.

The appointment follows the announcement of the merger between CPS and RCPO which will provide for a more flexible and resilient public prosecution service.

Gregor McGill replaces David Kirk who is now Chief Criminal Counsel for the Financial Services Authority.


  1. Media enquiries by email : CPS Press Office or by phone: 020 7796 8127, Out of hours pager: 07699 781926.
  2. The Crown Prosecution Service is the independent authority responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales. It is responsible for:
    • Advising the police and reviewing the evidence on cases for possible prosecution
    • Deciding the charge where the decision is to prosecute
    • Preparing cases for court
    • Presenting cases at court
  3. The CPS consists of 42 Areas in total, each headed by a Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP). In addition there are four specialised national divisions: Organised Crime, Special Crime, Counter-Terrorism and the Fraud Prosecution Division. A telephone service, CPS Direct, provides out-of-hours advice and decisions to police officers across England and Wales. The CPS employs around 8,400 people and prosecuted 1,091,250 cases with an overall conviction rate of 85.1% in 2007-2008. Further information can be found on our website.

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  4. The CPS, together with ACPO and media representatives, has developed a Protocol for the release of prosecution material to the media. This sets out the type of prosecution material that will normally be released, or considered for release, together with the factors we will take into account when considering requests.

    Publicity and the Criminal Justice System protocol