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Core Justice Agencies


Crown Prosecution Service

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is the principal prosecuting agency in England and Wales. It provides charging advice to the police and prosecutes cases in magistrates' and crown courts.

Visit the CPS website (opens in new window)to find out how it works, and for the latest news on successful prosecutions in Bedfordshire. 

Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunal Service

HM Courts & Tribunals Service is an agency of the Ministry of Justice. It uniquely operates as a partnership between the Lord Chancellor, the Lord Chief Justice and the Senior President of Tribunals as set out in our Framework Document.

The agency is responsible for the administration of the criminal, civil and family courts and tribunals in England and Wales and non-devolved tribunals in Scotland and Northern Ireland. It provides for a fair, efficient and effective justice system delivered by an independent judiciary.

To find out more visit the HMCS  website (opens in new window).

Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire (BeNCH) Community Rehabilitation Company.

The BeNCH Community Rehabilitation Company makes communities safer by the effective and professional management of offenders – controlling and changing their behaviour. Our organisation is nationally valued as an innovative and effective provider of services to make communities safer by providing a range of services that reduce re-offending. 

Her Majesty's Prison Service

Her Majesty’s Prison Service is responsible for holding prisoners HM Prison Service securely, either while on remand before conviction, or following sentence.

In addition, to protecting the public by holding prisoners securely, HMPS is charged with reducing the risk of prisoners re-offending by delivering a range of interventions and programmes to address the issues that contribute to their offending behaviour.

To find out more about their work visit Her Majesty’s Prison Service website (opens in new window)

Youth Offending Teams

Youth Offending Teams (YOTs) are multi-agency partnerships aiming to prevent offending by children and young people. This is achieved by working together with young people, their parents or carers, the victims of crime and other agencies or organisations, including the local community.

In Bedfordshire there are Youth Offending Teams covering the Luton (opens in new window), Bedford (opens in new window)and Central Bedfordshire (opens in new window) areas and information on their work can be found on their website.

Victim Support Victim

Support is an independent charity that aims to help all victims and witnesses of crime. Its services are free of charge and completely confidential.

Victim Support works closely with the Police and other criminal justice agencies, working on referrals from them, but you can contact Victim Support for help if you’ve been a victim of a crime, even if the crime has not been reported to the police.

Victim Support also runs the Witness Service in every criminal court, to help people who have been called as witnesses.

To find out more about the work of Victim Support, or to volunteer with them, visit the charity's website (opens in new window).

Community Safety Partnerships

Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) are statutory bodies bringing together representatives of local authorities, the emergency services, health authorities, housing associations and other statutory and voluntary organisations to address crime and anti-social behaviour in your local community. 

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