What does a crown prosecutor do?
Crown prosecutors advise the police on matters relating to criminal cases. Then they consider if there’s enough evidence and public interest for a prosecution.
You work in a team with other prosecutors, caseworkers and administrative staff. Your work would include:
- checking facts and documents for each case
- considering if there’s enough evidence to convict
- advising which charges are suitable
- explaining decisions to defence lawyers, witnesses, the police and other agencies
- deciding if evidence is reliable and can be used in court
- preparing the case for the prosecution
- making sure all relevant evidence is put before the court
- presenting the case to a panel of magistrates or judges, or to a judge and jury, depending on the court
- questioning the defendant and witnesses if the defendant denies the offence
- summing up the case for the prosecution
- taking part in the development and training of other prosecutors and caseworkers
- representing the CPS at casework conferences
You begin as a crown prosecutor, progressing to senior crown prosecutor as you gain experience and successfully complete training.
What do I need to do to become a crown prosecutor?
You can apply directly for a crown prosecutor post in the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) if you’re a qualified solicitor or barrister. You must have completed your Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and a two-year training contract or a 12-month pupillage.
Check the solicitor and barrister job profiles for full details of how to qualify for these careers.
- Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and a two-year training contract or a 12-month pupillage.