Crown prosecutor

Alternative titles for this job include Reviewing lawyer

Crown prosecutors make sure that decisions to bring people to court are fair and likely to succeed.

Average salary (a year)

£32,000 Starter

to

£115,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

36 to 38 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on a rota

How to become a Crown prosecutor

You must be a qualified solicitor or barrister to do this job.

You can get into this job through:

  • working towards this role
  • applying directly if you have relevant skills, knowledge and qualifications

Work

You could work your way up through the Crown Prosecution Service Legal Trainee Scheme.

Direct application

You can apply for this job if you have trained as a solicitor or barrister and have completed your Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course and 2-year training or 12-month pupillage.

More information

Further information

The Crown Prosecution Service has more information on being a crown prosecutor.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • knowledge of English language
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • active listening 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
  • You will be expected to know how to use a computer and tools to benefit this job.

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could be:

  • checking facts and documents for each case
  • advising which charges are suitable
  • explaining decisions to defence lawyers, witnesses, the police and other agencies
  • deciding if there's enough evidence to convict, and if it's reliable and can be used in court
  • preparing the case for the prosecution
  • making sure relevant evidence is put before the court
  • presenting the case to a panel of magistrates or judges, or to a judge and jury, depending on the court
  • questioning the defendant and witnesses
  • summing up the case for the prosecution

You'll also be:

  • training other prosecutors and caseworkers
  • representing the CPS at casework conferences

Working environment

You could work in an office or in a court.

Your working environment may be emotionally demanding.

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.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a Crown prosecutor right now.

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Courses In England

Land Law CILEx Unit 4 level 3

  • Provider: LEICESTER COLLEGE
  • Start date: 06 February 2019
  • Location: Leicester

CILEx Level 6 Land Law

  • Provider: Chichester College Group
  • Start date: 18 September 2019
  • Location: Chichester

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