Survey Results - Trainee feedback on Crown Prosecution Service
The Lex 100 verdict on Crown Prosecution Service
For those interested in criminal law, the Crown Prosecution Service is the obvious place to train. ‘I wanted a career that would be meaningful and have a positive impact on my community’, said one trainee: ‘working with victims and members of the public to ensure they receive justice is central to our job, and it is very fulfilling when you achieve it’. The CPS training contract offers a ‘huge amount of independence’; recruits are ‘encouraged to follow areas of law you’re interested in’ and can pursue external secondments with law firms or government departments, or internal placements with the complex crime unit or specialist fraud division, among others. The work on offer is ‘complex, yet very exciting’ and ‘you can see it making a tangible difference to the team around you’. What’s more, there is a ‘good work/life balance’, and flexitime and working from home are accepted practices, even in ‘normal (non-pandemic) times’. ‘The people’ are the best thing about the CPS; ‘everyone is so helpful and friendly’ and are ‘more than happy for you to get involved, answer your questions and give you support’. That there ‘isn’t really a social side, for example there aren’t many ‘work dos’, because we are civil servants’ is lamented, though accepted. The ‘distressing nature of the work’ can also be hard to compartmentalise. But the work highlights, such as ‘sitting with QCs on really interesting Crown Court trials’ and ‘being welcomed back from secondment by my colleagues who genuinely seemed to have missed me’ make it all worth it. For a training contract with ‘good pay, good work conditions and an inclusive environment’, research the Crown Prosecution Service.