Crown prosecutor

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Reviewing lawyer

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

Salary range: £32,000 to £115,000

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How to become a crown prosecutor

You can get into this job through:

  • working towards this role
  • applying directly
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Work

You must be a qualified solicitor or barrister in order to get into this career. You can train for these roles through the Crown Prosecution Service Legal Trainee Scheme. You’ll need at least a lower second class degree for this.

Direct application

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

More information

Further information

You can find out more about being a crown prosecutor from the Crown Prosecution Service.

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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
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

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.

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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.