Filmed over 18 months with prosecutors in Merseyside, Cheshire and the Southeast, including the director of public prosecutions, Alison Saunders, this ground-breaking series goes behind the scenes to reveal how the criminal justice system really works and what it takes to secure a conviction. Each episode focuses on a different part of the process, following prosecutions and those involved in the case from start to finish.
In the first episode, the prosecutors must decide how to charge a driver after a child is killed in a collision, with no evidence that he was drunk or speeding or on his phone. Nicky, the mother of the child killed, cannot understand why the driver is not admitting his guilt since his car was on her side of the road. Her reaction as the prosecution develops is unexpected and humbling.
In the second episode, the prosecutors deal with two violent domestic murders and the victim of an assault who is unhappy that her attacker has not been prosecuted. The final episode finds prosecutors in the Complex Casework units of CPS Mersey-Cheshire and CPS South-East are preparing for trials in separate historic cases.