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Crown prosecutor

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

Annual Salary

£32,000 to £115,000

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

36 to 38 a week

You could work: evenings / weekends / bank holidays; on a rota

Future employment

There will be 4% more Crown prosecutor jobs in 2026.
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Day to day tasks

In this role 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

Working environment

You could work in an office or in a court.

Your working environment may be emotionally demanding.

You can get into this job through:

  • working towards this role
  • applying directly

You must be a qualified solicitor or barrister in order to get into this career. You can train for these roles 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 for this job if you've trained as a solicitor or barrister and have completed your Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course and a 2-year training contract or a 12-month pupillage.

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

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Further information

You can find out more about being a crown prosecutor from the Crown Prosecution Service.

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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.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • knowledge of English language
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • active listening skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to read English
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
  • customer service skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
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