How does the CPS make a decision?
For less serious charging decisions, CPS lawyers listen to police officers’ accounts over the telephone ( CPS Daytime Direct or CPS Direct) or via a secure digital service after the arrest of a suspect(s).
They then decide whether there is sufficient evidence to charge a person and what that charge should be..
How long do CPS take to decide on a case?
Wherever practicable, this should take place within 24 hours in cases where the suspect is being detained in custody or within 7 days where released on bail.
What is the role of the CPS?
Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) lawyers are responsible for examining police evidence, deciding whether to take criminal proceedings through to court prosecution stage, preparing cases for court and conducting prosecutions. They are known as crown prosecutors and are employed by the CPS, which is a government agency.
What happens when a case goes to CPS?
All cases will have their first hearing in the magistrates’ court, and the more serious cases will then move to the Crown Court. … The CPS does not decide whether a person is guilty of a criminal offence, but makes a fair, independent decision about whether the case should be considered by a criminal court.