Before the creation of the CPS, criminal prosecutions used to be handled by the police forces themselves.
Full Code Test
Before pursuing a prosecution, the CPS will apply the Full Code Test, which consists of two stages:
- Evidential stage – the CPS will make a determination as to whether or not there is enough evidence to provide a ‘realistic prospect of conviction’
- Public interest stage – if the evidential stage is satisfied, the CPS will next determine whether or not there is a public interest in pursuing a prosecution