A key element for the CPS in strengthening the prosecution process and bringing offenders to justice is to routinely conduct high quality in-house advocacy in all courts, and across the full range of cases. Principal/Senior and Crown Advocates are a vital part in this initiative to achieve the aim of bringing 25% of all crown court prosecution work in-house.
We expect our Crown Advocates to acquire expertise in the highest profile areas of criminal law where the intellectual and professional challenges are greatestThe increased continuity of case ownership that stems from conducting in-house advocacy enables CPS Advocates to demonstrate to victims and witnesses that they have an in-depth knowledge of their case. They can also provide the highest standards of support to victims and witnesses, as a consequence of their familiarity with their responsibilities under the wide range of CPS policy statements, such as the Victims Code, the Prosecutor's Pledge, and the Policy for Prosecuting Cases of Rape.
We expect our Crown Advocates to acquire expertise in the highest profile areas of criminal law where the intellectual and professional challenges are greatest, such as gun crime, violence, rape and hate crime, with increasing involvement in both complex and serious cases. Complex Casework Units have recently been established nationwide and our Counter Terrorism, Organised Crime and Special Crime Divisions have shining international reputations for excellence.
Increasing numbers of lawyers are joining us from private practice and experiencing the professional satisfaction derived from the unique variety and level of case ownership we offer, determining charges and actively shaping / controlling cases through to their conclusion.
To gain a more detailed insight into the role please see our profiles of existing Senior Crown Advocates and Crown Advocates currently working within the organisation.