Protocol between the Attorney General and prosecuting departments

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

This publication was withdrawn on

An updated version of the SFO protocol was published on 22 January 2019.

An updated version of the CPS protocol was published on 14 March 2019.

Applies to England, Northern Ireland 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
Published 23 November 2012