About our inspections

Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) provides competent and professional inspection and evaluation, together with advice and guidance.

Below are examples of the inspection work HMCPSI carries out:

  • CPS Area inspections – Inspecting specific geographic areas of the CPS through an Area Assurance Programme that looks at a range of management and casework activity
  • CPS Headquarters functions – inspecting centralised casework divisions, or centrally controlled management functions
  • Thematic inspections – These inspections examine themes right across the CPS nationally. They can be focused on casework, business or functionality, or be a mix of all three
  • Joint work – Thematic inspections undertaken with other criminal justice inspectorates (i.e. HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue Services, HM Inspectorate of Probation and HM Inspectorate of Prisons) and public sector organisations such as Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the National Audit Office (NAO)
  • The Serious Fraud Office – Inspecting the work of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), this may include aspects of the management of the SFO or the casework it handles
  • The Service Prosecuting Authority – By invitation we may inspect the functions of the Service Prosecuting Authority which covers the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force
  • Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland – If requested, we assist our counterparts in Northern Ireland in undertaking inspections of the Northern Ireland Public Prosecution Service.

Examples of these inspections can be found in Our reports.