The Public Prosecution Service NI (PPS). Who are they?
A. The PPS is funded by Government, but it is completely independent in the decisions it makes. The service is responsible for how the case should be conducted, which includes dealing with whether or not the case should continue. It prosecutes on behalf of the public as a whole and not just in the interests of the victim. The PPS is responsible for all public prosecutions in Northern Ireland. Information on how you can contact the PPS is detailed in the ‘Contacts Section’. Q. What decisions can the PPS make? A. They can: – Decide to prosecute, which means the case will go to court and you may be called to give evidence; – Make a recommendation of ‘no prosecution’ which means that the case will go no further; – Recommend that a caution is given by the police; – Apply an informed warning. The Public Prosecutor may require police to administer an informed warning to the defendant. An informed warning is a formal reprimand by police and, although it is not a conviction, it is recorded on a
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