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Crown prosecutor

Crown prosecutors decide if there's enough evidence to take cases to court.

Annual Salary

£38,000 to £42,630

Average UK salary in 2022 was £33,200
(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 2.4% more Crown prosecutor jobs in 2027.

Day to day tasks

In this role you could:

  • decide if there's enough evidence to convict
  • explain decisions to lawyers, witnesses, the police and other agencies
  • prepare the case for the prosecution
  • present the case to a panel of magistrates, judges or a jury
  • question people in court and sum up the case for the prosecution

You may also train other prosecutors or represent the Crown Prosecution Service at 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 by working towards this role and applying directly.

Direct application

You can apply for this job if you've:got at least a lower second class (2:

  • 2) degree
  • trained as a solicitor or barrister
  • completed your Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course
  • finished a 2 year training contract or a 12 month pupillage


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Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

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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
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • active listening skills
  • excellent written communication 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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