Crown Prosecution Service

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England and Wales: In 1986 responsibility for prosecutions was transferred to a new Crown Prosecution Service with the Director of Public Prosecutions as its head. The Director is appointed by the Attorney General for England and Wales.
Scotland: the public prosecutor is the Lord Advocate who heads the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service. All investigations by the police are nominally under the direction of the Lord Advocate and local Procurators Fiscal, and all prosecutions are carried out in the name of the Lord Advocate.
Northern Ireland: the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland heads the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland.

Director of Public Prosecutions

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  • Jan.27.2018: Urgent review of all rape cases as digital evidence is withheld. The Crown Prosecution Service is to review all current rape cases to ensure that evidence which needs to be disclosed has been handed over to defendants. The emergency re-examination comes after the collapse of several rape trials, is likely to result in some prosecutions being discontinued, according to a joint statement from the CPS, National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and College of Policing. Owen Bowcott, The Guardian.
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  • Feb.02.2018: Police can’t afford £14 USB stick for evidence. A Scotland Yard detective is refusing to disclose evidence in a drugs case retrial because he claims that the force cannot afford a £14 computer memory stick, a court was told yesterday. Another judge warned yesterday that the public could lose confidence in the legal system after the case against a man accused of child abuse collapsed because of a failure by the Crown Prosecution Service to disclose evidence. David Brown, Gabriella Swerling, The Times.
  • Feb.02.2018: Prosecutors "had one hour to make charging decision". Crown Prosecution Service lawyers were expected to reach charging decisions in just over an hour under targets set by managers, a former prosecutor has told The Times. Jonathan Ames, Frances Gibb, The Times.