The Crown Prosecution Service is the National Authority responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales. Created by the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985, CPS is an independent body that works closely with the police.
The head of the Crown Prosecution Service is the Director of Public Prosecutions (the Director) Ken Macdonald QC. The Director is superintended by the Attorney General, who is responsible to Parliament for the Service. The CPS employs around 8,500 staff, including around 3,000 lawyers. Every year they deal with more than 1.3 million cases in the magistrates' court and about 115,000 in the Crown Court.
The Crown Prosecution Service is the principal prosecuting authority in England and Wales. It is responsible for advising the police on cases for possible prosecution, reviewing cases submitted by the police where the decision is to prosecute, determining the charge in all but minor cases, preparing cases for court and the presentation of cases at court. The role of the CPS is to prosecute cases firmly, fairly and effectively when there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction and when it is in the public interest to do so. – less – More from ZoomInfo »