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Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)

Independent public body headed by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and  charged with the management of criminal prosecutions in England and Wales.

The CPS decides which cases that have been investigated by the police and other investigative organisations should be prosecuted. It determines the appropriate charges in more serious or complex cases, and advises the police during the early stages of investigations. It prepares cases and presents them at court. It also provides information, assistance and support to victims and prosecution witnesses.