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Crown prosecutor Reviewing lawyer

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

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £32,000 to £115,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37 per week

1. Entry requirements

You must be a qualified solicitor or barrister. 

You must have completed your Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and 2-year training or 12-month pupillage. 

You could also work your way up from a legal trainee role in the CPS Legal Trainee Scheme.

You’ll need clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

You’ll also need to pass basic security checks.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has more information on being a crown prosecutor

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • excellent presentation skills
  • the ability to make complex information easy to understand
  • the ability to make judgements based on the strength of evidence
  • the ability to make decisions quickly
  • excellent organisational skills
  • the ability to prioritise tasks

3. What you'll do

You’ll work with other prosecutors, caseworkers and administrative staff.

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • checking facts and documents for each case
  • deciding if there’s enough evidence to convict
  • advising which charges are suitable
  • explaining decisions to defence lawyers, witnesses, the police and other agencies
  • deciding if evidence is 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
  • training other prosecutors and caseworkers
  • representing the CPS at casework conferences

4. Salary

Starter: £32,000 to £37,000

Experienced: £42,750 to £58,750

Highly Experienced: up to £115,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll work 37 hours a week on a rota system, including weekends and public holidays.

Most of the cases you work on will be in magistrates' courts. On more serious cases you’ll work in the Crown Court.

You could work from home for CPS Direct. CPS Direct operates a 24 hour service, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, on a rota system.

6. 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.

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Last updated: 14 September 2017