Crown Prosecution Service - True Picture

The Crown Prosecution Service is the government department responsible for bringing prosecutions against people who have been charged with a criminal offence in England and Wales. It handles all stages of the process, from advising the police on the possibility of prosecution, right through to the delivery of advocacy in the courtroom.

Please note: the CPS does not currently participate in our True Picture research, but here is some information about what the CPS offers.

The CPS employs roughly 2,300 lawyers, who in 2016/17 brought just under half a million prosecutions. Lawyers are responsible for reviewing, prosecuting, and where appropriate, discontinuing criminal cases following investigation by the police. They also advise on matters of criminal law and evidence. Specifically, prosecutors advise the police on appropriate charges for certain crimes, and generally split their time between preparing casework of all levels of seriousness in the office and prosecuting in the Magistrates’ Court. A special band of lawyers entitled Crown Advocates prosecute Crown Court cases including murder, rape and robbery.

The CPS relaunched its Legal Trainee Scheme in 2012 after it was put on hold for a few years as a result of public spending cuts. In 2018 the Service is recruiting 30 trainees and pupils across the country for a November 2018 start. Pupillage lasts one year and traineeships two. The starting salary is £23,276. On qualification you'll then be offered a permanent job as a Crown Prosecutor.

The CPS's recruitment timetable and numbers vary each year – unlike (commercial) law firms it only decides a short while in advance how many graduates it's going to recruit and what the application process will look like. In 2018, applications open on 28 February and close on 21 March for a 2018 start. Candidates should have at least a 2:2 degree and have completed the LPC or BPTC in time to start their pupillage or training contract in November 2018.

More information is available on the careers section of the CPS website. Applications should be made via the Civil Service Jobs website.

Application deadlines

Traineeships and pupillage vacancies 2018: 30

Training contract/pupillage deadline 2018: 21 March 2018


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