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Crown Prosecution Service

Introduction

Responsible for prosecuting people in England and Wales who have been charged with a
criminal offence.

It was created by the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985.

The head of the Crown Prosecution Service is the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

The Director is responsible to the…

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There needed to be a move away from minor cases in the Magistrates' Court in order to
concentrate on more serious crime in the Crown Court.

Also it was felt that the CPS did not get involved enough in presenting its own cases in the
courts.



Criticism Two

The organisation,…

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The Code for Crown Prosecutors

The Code for Crown Prosecutors sets out the basic principles to be followed by when making
charging and prosecuting decisions.

The Code for Crown Prosecutors is issued by the Director of Public Prosecutions under the
Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 s.10.

Crown Prosecutors also have…

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Organisation

Operates under a structure of 42 geographical areas in England and Wales corresponding
with the boundaries of the police forces of England and Wales.

The CPS London Area covers the operational boundaries of both City of London and
Metropolitan Police Forces

Each area is headed by a Chief Crown…

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