Definition of the Crown Prosecution Service from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

the Crown Prosecution Service

 
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an independent government organization started in 1986 that decides whether a person should be charged with a crime in a court of law in England or Wales. Before 1986, the police made this decision themselves. The person in charge of the Crown Prosecution Service is the Director of Public Prosecutions.