The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)

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  • Created on: 03-04-15 09:16

The CPS was formed as an independent prosecution service that took away the right to prosecute from the police to try and establish fair trials without police bias. It is divided into 13 geographical locations through England and Wales. The CPS review cases to decide if there is sufficient evidence to charge and prosecute. They effect this change made was that weak cases were more likely to be discontiuned and guilty plea rates increased.

So that only strong cases procceed to court, and the correct individuals get sentenced all cases have to be assessed for whether there is a realistic prospect of conviction. It is also assessed to whether it is within the public's interest to sentence the individual or not, if the case does not pass these two stages then it does not proceed to court.

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