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CPS Advocate Panel application scheme

Application and upgrade window open from 1st - 30th September 2017

The annual application window for the CPS Advocate Panel 2016-20 will be open from Friday 1st September to Saturday 30th September 2017 inclusive.

Accordingly, the CPS is now accepting applications from suitably qualified barristers and solicitors to join the general crime list, as a permanent member at level 2, 3 or 4, or for existing members to upgrade their level, and to join the Rape and Child Sexual Abuse List.

All emails sent to the Advocate Panels mailbox receive an automated message. If you do not receive this message when submitting your application, your application has not been received by the mailbox and it should be resent. If this occurs during the application window, please ensure your application is resubmitted before the 30 September deadline. Late applications will not be accepted except under exceptional circumstances.

Please note that if you wish to upgrade your level, only one unsuccessful application to join at or upgrade to level 2, 3 or 4 is permitted over a three year period. If you have previously applied to join at level 2, 3 or 4, or to upgrade from your current level during either the Sept 2015 or Sept 2016 application windows, and were unsuccessful, you will not be eligible to apply again during this window. This does not apply to previous unsuccessful level 1 applications.

Temporary membership applications will not be accepted between 1 August and 31 October inclusive.

Potential applicants are strongly advised to read Document 3: Application/Upgrade Process. Applications must be submitted on the correct form, which can all be found on the links below. All new applicants are requested to complete the Equalities Monitoring Questionnaire.

It should be noted that applications to join the Panel at level 1 or to join the Rape List may be submitted at any time during the year. Details about a separate application/upgrade window in respect of the Specialist Lists will be announced later in 2017.

For any queries, please check the Frequently Asked Questions document or contact the Advocate Panel mailbox: where the team will be happy to assist.

CPS Advocate Panel 2016-2020: Documentation

This pack contains:

Any queries or questions in relation to the scheme should be submitted by email to

CPS Advocate Panel Scheme
Operations Directorate
CPS Headquarters

Advocate Panel lists

Advocate Panel 2016-20 List

Advocate Panel 2016-20 List updated 21 September 2017

This is a list of all members of the new CPS Advocate Panel 2016-20 list, who have either been invited to join without further application (in accordance with the published transitional criteria), and have accepted their invitation; or have applied successfully during the September 2016 application window i.e. this list has now been updated to reflect the results of the September 2016 intake.

The old CPS Advocate Panel 2012-16 list was due to remain in place until the end of 2016; and has now been retired. Members of the old list, who do not appear on the new list, may retain any CPS instructions already accepted, but may not accept any new CPS instructions until they secure a place on the new list (either by successfully appealing their September 2016 application result, or applying successfully during the September 2017 application window).