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As the principal prosecuting authority in England and Wales, the Crown Prosecution Service works on all kinds of cases from fraud and firearms to public order and corporate manslaughter. As a prosecutor in the CPS you will be at the forefront of delivering justice for some of the most complex and challenging cases. The CPS has 14 areas that work closely with local police forces and other criminal justice partners to prosecute cases locally. The CPS also has three central casework divisions: international justice and organised crime division, special crime and counter terrorism division and the specialist fraud division. They deal with some of the most complex cases we prosecute and work closely with specialist investigators from a range of organisations, including the National Crime Agency, HM Revenue & Customs and the Independent Police Complaints Commission, as well as police forces across England and Wales.
Training at the Crown Prosecution Service ‘offers a career in criminal law like no other’. Many recruits are happy with their experience to date and the government service holds five Lex 100 Winner medals for living up to expectations, approachability and inclusiveness, to name a few. At the CPS there are ‘shadowing opportunities at every chance possible’ which provides ‘great scope to see everything’. Recruits reported having ‘significantly better exposure to work’ than their peers, and commented that the training courses, materials, and facilities such as the prosecution college are ‘excellent’. Trainees’ learning is further enhanced by working in an environment where ‘everyone is approachable and willing to help, advise and support’. The fact that ‘there is flexibility within the CPS’, with recruits able to ‘chose which firm to spend the secondment period’ and occasionally ‘work from home’ also pleased the solicitors-in-training. The offices being ‘a bit dated’ was something new joiners took issue with, as was ‘the fact there is little we can actually do until our second year due to insurance and necessary training’. Nevertheless, some trainees enjoyed ‘organising a secondment in the Coroner’s Court’ which had long been an ambition. Others recalled ‘shadowing a HCA on a historic child rape case where Her Honour Judge Landale was the presiding judge’ and ‘writing a response to a skeleton argument from the defence regarding the imposition of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order’. If you love criminal law and are looking to train somewhere with ‘interesting cases, good opportunities and an approachable team’ the CPS may be perfect for you.
About the CPS
Address:102 Petty France, London SW1H 9EA
Director of Public Prosecutions: Max Hill QC
Other offices: East Midlands, East of England, Mersey-Cheshire, North East, North West, South East, South West, Thames and Chiltern, Wales, Wessex, West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humberside.
Who we are: The Crown Prosecution Service is the government department responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales.
What we do: The Crown Prosecution Service is the principal prosecuting authority in England and Wales.
What we are looking for: Good oral advocacy skills, and people who can present an argument in an ordered and structured manner. Good analytical and writing skills are also essential to the role.
What you'll do:Trainees will work with their allocated supervisor to gain experience of all areas of CPS work. Trainees also have access to secondments in other areas of law during their time training with the CPS.
Perks: 25 days' leave, rising to 30 days after five years’ service; eight bank holidays plus one privilege day; maternity, paternity and adoption leave; flexible working; interest-free season ticket loan; Cycle2work Scheme; employee savings including ticket discounts, shopping voucher discounts, holiday offers; Civil Service Pension.
Facts and figures
Trainee places available for 2021: TBC
Applications received pa: 1,700
Percentage interviewed: 3.41% of 1,700 applicants were invited to final interview
First year: £23,509 (national); £24,539 (London)
Second year: £23,509 (national); £24,539 (London)
Newly qualified: £32,958 (national); £34,722 (London)
Apply to:Civil Service Jobs.
What's involved:Application form (including CV), verbal reasoning and Civil Service judgement tests, video interview, legal assessment, interview with presentation.
When to apply:
Training contract commencing 2021:TBC