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Crown Prosecution Service

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is the principal prosecuting authority for England and Wales, acting independently in criminal cases investigated by the police and others.

The CPS:

  • decides which cases should be prosecuted – keeping them all under continuous review;
  • determines the appropriate charges in more serious or complex cases – advising the police during the early stages of investigations;
  • prepares cases and presents them at court - using a range of in-house advocates, self-employed advocates or agents in court; and
  • provides information, assistance and support to victims and prosecution witnesses.

In helping deliver justice across England and Wales, through prosecuting crime independently and effectively, the CPS provides leadership within a criminal justice system that is undergoing significant reform.

Our mission is to deliver justice through the independent and effective prosecution of crime, fostering a culture of excellence by supporting and inspiring each other to be the best we can.

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Our Values

We will be independent and fair

We will prosecute independently, without bias and will seek to deliver justice in every case.

We will be honest and open

We will explain our decisions, set clear standards about the service the public can expect from us and be honest if we make a mistake.

We will treat everyone with respect

We will respect each other, our colleagues and the public we serve, recognising that there are people behind every case.

We will behave professionally and strive for excellence

We will work as one team, always seeking new and better ways to deliver the best possible service for the public. We will be efficient and responsible with tax-payers' money.


Our goal is to be a prosecution service that performs its role fairly and transparently, addresses barriers and disproportionality effectively and works with stakeholders and the public to improve our practice to achieve high quality prosecutions, a better working environment and deliver better justice for all.

We work within the framework of the public sector duties of the Equality Act 2010 to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations between diverse groups. Equality and diversity is embedded in both our prosecutions and employment practices and our planning and decision making.

To support our commitment to ensuring the CPS is an inclusive environment where people feel valued and respected, five senior CPS leaders have signed-up as Diversity Champions across five themes:

  • Greg McGill: Social Mobility Champion
  • Sue Patten: LGBT Champion
  • Paul Staff: Disability Champion
  • Baljit Ubhey: Race and Ethnicity Champion
  • Jean Ashton: Gender Champion

Our Diversity Champions support and promote the work we do within the CPS in relation to their inclusion theme, and act as role models who value fairness, challenge behaviours when necessary and embed diversity and inclusion into decision-making.

The Diversity Champions blog around their inclusion theme on our Intranet, and can be asked questions through our online “Ask a Champion” forum.

Benefits at Crown Prosecution Service

List of all the benefits that Crown Prosecution Service are offering their employees. Benefits may vary depending on role, location and length of service.

  • Childcare Vouchers
  • Cycle2Work
  • Career Break
  • 25 Days Paid Holiday per/year(increasing to 30 days after 5 years service)
  • Access to Learning and Development Opportunities
  • Enhanced Maternity/Paternity/Adoption Leave
  • Individual Learning Account- to spend on learning development
  • Access to Health Care

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