Prosecuting hate crimes
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is the principal public prosecution service for criminal cases in England and Wales.
In undertaking this role, the CPS:
- advises the police during the early stages of investigations;
- determines the appropriate charges in all but the most routine cases;
- keeps all cases under continuous review and decides which cases should be prosecuted;
- prepares cases for prosecution in court and prosecutes the cases with in-house advocates, or instructs agents and counsel to present cases;
- provides information and assistance to victims and prosecution witnesses;
- engages with communities to help improve our work; and
- addresses offending using out-of-court alternatives or ‘disposals’ where appropriate.
For more information visit the CPS website at www.cps.gov.uk.
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