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Crown prosecutors are qualified solicitors and barristers who are employed by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). They make sure decisions to prosecute are fair and effective by reviewing criminal cases investigated by the police and presenting cases in a magistrate court (minor cases) or Crown Court (serious cases) when appropriate.
How to become a Crown Prosecutor
After gaining good GCSEs, A levels and a degree in any subject, aspiring Crown prosecutors need to qualify as a solicitor or barrister, by taking the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or a Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) respectively. Once a two-year training contract (solicitor) or a 12-month pupilage (barrister) has been completed, then applications to the Crown Prosecution Service can be made.
Skills and knowledge required
To become a lawyer or crown prosecutor, the following skills are important:
- the ability to set out arguments clearly and logically
- the ability to make unbiased and balanced decisions
- presentation skills and a clear voice for presenting evidence in court
- the ability to communicate clearly, concisely and confidently with a range of people such as defendants, witnesses, the police, magistrates and defence lawyers
- the ability to make complex issues easy to understand
Crown prosecutors earn from £27,722 to £31, 374 a year (£29,648 to £33,933 in London). Senior Crown prosecutors earn up to £42, 224 (44, 333 in London).
Crown prosecutors usually work 42 hours a week, including weekends and bank holidays.
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