Criminal Litigation Unit
The Criminal Litigation Unit (CLU) prosecutes criminal cases that have been investigated by the police and other investigative organisations in the Areas, under the authority of the Attorney General and Legal Adviser. The CLU is independent, and we make our decisions independently of the police, other local investigative bodies and the SBA Administration.
Our duty is to make sure that the right person is prosecuted for the right offence, and to bring offenders to justice wherever possible.
- decides which cases should be prosecuted;
- determines the appropriate charges, and advises the police and other local investigative bodies from the early stages of investigations;
- prepares cases and presents them at court.
Prosecutors must be fair, objective and independent. When deciding whether to prosecute a criminal case, our lawyers follow the principles set out in UK Code for Crown Prosecutors. This means that to charge someone with a criminal offence, prosecutors must be satisfied that there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction, and that prosecuting is in the public interest.
The CLU works closely with the police, and other local investigative bodies, courts, the Judiciary and other partners to deliver justice.