Crown prosecutors make sure decisions to bring people to court are fair and likely to succeed.

What does a crown prosecutor do?

As a crown prosecutor, you could be:

  • checking facts and documents for each case
  • advising which charges are suitable
  • explaining decisions to defence lawyers, witnesses, the police, and other agencies
  • deciding if there's enough evidence to convict, and if it's reliable and can be used in court
  • preparing the case for the prosecution
  • making sure 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
  • summing up the case for the prosecution

You'll also be:

  • training other prosecutors and caseworkers
  • representing the CPS at casework conferences

What do I need to do to become a crown prosecutor?


You must be a qualified solicitor or barrister to get into this career. You can train through the Crown Prosecution Service Legal Trainee Scheme. You'll need at least a lower second class degree for this.

Direct application

You can apply if you've trained as a solicitor or barrister and have completed your Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course and a two-year training contract or a 12-month pupillage.


You'll need to pass:

Related skills

  • Analytics
  • Attention to detail
  • Communication
  • Interpersonal skills
  • IT
  • Organisation
  • Patience
  • Problem solving
  • Time management

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

You could work in an office or in a court.

Career opportunities

With experience and further training you could progress to senior crown prosecutor.

From there you could become crown advocate, senior crown advocate, and principal crown advocate.

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