What is the difference for that matter between "charging" and "prosecuting"?
1It might be worth making explicit in the question that you're asking about the Crown Prosecution Service, rather than Child Protection Services...– nick012000Oct 2, 2022 at 9:22
The charging guide outlines the division of charging responsibility between police and the Crown Prosecution Service:
- The police may charge:
- Any summary only offence, irrespective of plea;
- Any offence of retail theft (shoplifting) or attempted retail theft, irrespective of plea, provided it is suitable for sentence in the magistrates’ court; and
- Any either way offence anticipated as a guilty plea and suitable for sentence in magistrates’ court;
Provided that this is not:
- a case requiring the consent to prosecute of the DPP or Law Officer;
- a case involving a death;
- connected with terrorist activity or official secrets;
- classified as Hate Crime or Domestic Abuse under CPS Policies;
- a case of harassment or stalking;
- an offence of Violent Disorder or Affray;
- causing Grievous Bodily Harm or Wounding, or Actual Bodily Harm;
- a Sexual Offences Act offence committed by or upon a person under 18;
- an offence under the Licensing Act 2003.
Prosecutors make charging decisions in all cases not allocated to police.
How can a defendant's plea be anticipated in any way? Sep 30, 2022 at 23:31
If the police have a higher rate of correctly predicting a plea then why do they take charging advice from CPS? Sep 30, 2022 at 23:41