The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is an independent body set up in 1986 to prosecute criminal cases in England and Wales. The CPS works closely with the police and other investigators to advise on lines of inquiry and to decide on appropriate charges or other disposals in all but minor cases. CPS prosecutors prepare cases for court and present cases in both the magistrates' courts and, increasingly, in the higher courts. The Director of Public Prosecutions is the head of the CPS and operates independently, under the superintendence of the Attorney General who is accountable to Parliament for the work of the CPS.
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