Protocol between the Attorney General and prosecuting departments

Document defining the relationship between the Attorney General and prosecutors in England and Wales.


Published in 2009, this protocol sets out how the Attorney General and the directors of the prosecuting departments, (which are the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), and the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) work with each other. It covers:

  • general responsibilities
  • strategy
  • planning and performance
  • responsibility for prosecution decisions
  • development of policy
  • dealing with the media
  • dealing with complaints