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Crown prosecutor

Alternative titles for this job include Reviewing lawyer

Crown prosecutors decide if there's enough evidence to take cases to court.

Average salary (a year)

£38,000 Starter


£42,630 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

36 to 38 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on a rota

How to become

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How to become Crown prosecutor

You can get into this job by working towards this role and applying directly.

Direct Application

You can apply for this job if you've:

  • got at least a lower second class (2:2) degree
  • trained as a solicitor or barrister
  • completed your Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course
  • finished a 2 year training contract or a 12 month pupillage


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What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • active listening skills
  • excellent written communication skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to read English
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could:

  • decide if there's enough evidence to convict
  • explain decisions to lawyers, witnesses, the police and other agencies
  • prepare the case for the prosecution
  • present the case to a panel of magistrates, judges or a jury
  • question people in court and sum up the case for the prosecution

You may also train other prosecutors or represent the Crown Prosecution Service at conferences.

Working environment

You could work in an office or in a court.

Your working environment may be emotionally demanding.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience and further training you could progress to senior crown prosecutor.

From there you could become crown advocate, senior crown advocate and principal crown advocate.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

CILEX Certificate for Legal Secretaries Certificate 2

  • Provider: The Manchester College
  • Start date: 01 September 2024
  • Location: Manchester

CILEX Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law & Practice

  • Start date: 11 September 2024
  • Location: Guildford

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