State prosecutors make sure that decisions to bring people to court are fair and likely to succeed.Job Category:
What you will do:
You’ll work with other prosecutors, caseworkers and administrative staff.
Your day-to-day duties might include:
- checking facts and documents for each case
- deciding 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 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
- training other prosecutors and caseworkers
- representing the CPS at casework conferences
- legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
- the ability to read English
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
As well as:
- excellent verbal & written communication skills
- active listening skills
- analytical thinking skills
- to be thorough, organised and pay attention to detail
- the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
- being driven and focussed
Requirements may vary from country to country.
In the UK, however, you must be a qualified solicitor or barrister. You must have also completed your Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and 2-year training or 12-month pupillage.
You could also work your way up from a legal trainee role in the CPS Legal Trainee Scheme.
You’ll need clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
You’ll also need to pass basic security checks.
Working Hours and Environment:
You’ll work 37 hours a week on a rota system, including weekends and public holidays.
Most of the cases you work on will be in magistrates’ courts. On more serious cases you’ll work in the Crown Court (UK) or District Court (USA)
In the UK, you could work from home for CPS Direct. CPS Direct operates a 24 hour service, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, on a rota system.
Career Path & Progression:
With experience and further training you could progress to senior prosecutor.
From there you could become an advocate, senior advocate and principal advocate.