Prosecution of Offences Act 1985

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Prosecution of Offences Act
Act of Parliament
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Long title An Act to provide for the establishment of a Crown Prosecution Service for England and Wales; to make provision as to costs in criminal cases; to provide for the imposition of time limits in relation to preliminary stages of criminal proceedings; to amend section 42 of the Supreme Court Act 1981 and section 3 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1969; to make provision with respect to consents to prosecutions; to repeal section 9 of the Perjury Act 1911; and for connected purposes.
Citation 1985 c.23
Territorial extent England and Wales
Royal assent 23 May 1985
Status: Amended
Text of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from

The Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 (c. 23) was an Act of Parliament in the United Kingdom. Its main effects were to establish the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), to transfer the responsibility of prosecution of offences from the police to the CPS, [1] and to codify the prosecution process.

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