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Responsibilities of police officers and prosecutors | The Crown Prosecution Service

Responsibilities of police officers and prosecutors

The police are responsible for:

  • diverting, charging and referring cases as directed by this Guidance;
  • assessing cases before referral to ensure the Full Code or Threshold Test can be met on the available evidence as appropriate to the circumstances of the case;
  • taking ‘no further action’ in any case that cannot meet the appropriate evidential standard, without referral to a prosecutor;
  • referring specific cases involving a death, rape or serious sexual offence for early advice;
  • completing pre-charge reports and prosecution files as directed by this Guidance and in accordance with the National File Standard;
  • completing action plans and providing key evidence within agreed time periods;
  • ensuring that any unused material which undermines the prosecution case or is capable of assisting the defence is revealed to the prosecutor at the time of referral of the case for investigative advice or a charging decision;
  • ensuring that cases appropriate for an out of court disposal are identified as early as possible and dealt with prior to charge;

Prosecutors will be responsible for:

  • making charging decisions and providing advice and guidance in cases specified by this Guidance;
  • deciding whether it is appropriate to apply the Threshold Test in any case where the prosecutor is responsible for making the charging decision;
  • recording decisions on the MG3 and MG3A;
  • ensuring pre-charge action plans only require the gathering of key evidence and contain agreed timescales for the completion of any work;
  • ensuring that cases appropriate for an out of court disposal are identified prior to charge, and in police charged cases prior to the first hearing

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https://www.cps.gov.uk/legal-guidance/charging-directors-guidance-2013-fifth-edition-may-2013-revised-arrangements

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