Prosecutors are responsible for reviewing and, where appropriate, prosecuting criminal cases following investigation by the police. They also advise the police on matters relating to criminal cases.
In each case reviewed the prosecutor will consider whether there is sufficient evidence and, if so, whether the public interest requires a prosecution.
To apply for a post as a lawyer you must be a solicitor admitted in England and Wales with a full current practising certificate, or a barrister called to the English Bar who has completed pupillage.
You will need: excellent skills in advocacy and personal organisation, together with the ability to work effectively within a team; sound judgement and the capacity to work accurately under pressure are essential.
As a Crown Prosecutor you will initially work on the more straightforward cases but should progress quickly to deal with more complex casework. On completion of the five learning stages you will be able to advise the investigation in a range of preliminary, straightforward and contested casework including some either way cases except Statutory pre-charge advice.
...should progress quickly to deal with more complex caseworkYou will also prepare for prosecutions on volume crime in a range of preliminary, straightforward and contested casework including some either way cases, undertake advocacy in relation to a range of preliminary, straightforward and contested casework including some either way cases and bail applications, this will include road traffic trials, simple summary trials, remand courts, sentencing and straightforward committals.
You will also assist in the development and training of other prosecutors and caseworkers, e.g. after research into particular case law or special areas of the law, and supervise Associate Prosecutors in case preparation and generally. This could take the form of direct training, facilitation of group discussions, tutoring and development of training materials and the provision of advice to others in the Crown Prosecution Service or wider Criminal Justice System.
Senior Crown Prosecutors
As Senior Crown Prosecutor (SCP) you will review, provide advice in and present cases at magistrates court. You will analyse, review, prepare and prosecute a wide range of cases, except for the small amount of very weighty casework received, and will be expected to have up-to-date knowledge of criminal offences ranging from motoring to murder. You will have a high volume of casework in respect of advice, review and advocacy, which includes some of the more difficult, serious and sensitive cases. Also you may assist with the coaching and mentoring of caseworkers, Associate Prosecutors and Crown Prosecutors. In addition to your normal casework, you may have responsibility for a particular specialism, such as youth offenders and Anti-social Behaviour Orders (ASBO's).