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The PPS provides the following key services:

Prosecutorial and pre-charge advice to police;

Review of all charges prior to submission to court;

An enhanced service to victims and witnesses;

Production and issue of summonses; and

PPS lawyers will conduct prosecutions in the Magistrates', Youth and County Courts.

A range of options has also been developed to deal with offenders other than through prosecution. These include restorative cautioning and the work of the Youth Justice Agency.

Overall the new Service will handle approximately 70,000 cases each year.