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CPS legal trainee scheme opens for 2013 applications


The Crown Prosecution Service has today opened its 2013 legal trainee scheme to talented law graduates seeking an interesting and rewarding career in the public service.

Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, said: "Following the successful relaunch of our legal trainee scheme last year, we are delighted to be able to offer a further 10 trainee positions to top aspiring solicitors and barristers for 2013.

"We are looking for inspirational, hard working, top quality trainees who want to make a vital contribution to delivering justice for victims and witnesses.

"Successful candidates will have the opportunity to get involved in the varied and fascinating work of the CPS, with both 12 month pupillages and two year training contracts available."

Matthew Treece, a pupil barrister who joined the CPS as part of the 2012 trainee scheme, said: "Since joining the CPS last November, I have had the opportunity to shadow a number of different advocates and experience the hard, but really interesting work involved in bringing such a variety of cases to court.

"I am thrilled to be helping make sure that the right offenders are prosecuted for the right crimes and look forward to being able to contribute more as I gain experience."

Once qualified, each trainee will be offered a permanent role as a Crown Prosecutor with an expectation that they will continue to progress to the role of Senior Crown Prosecutor and beyond.

Mr Starmer added: "We know from last year that because of the exciting and interesting work involved, the CPS trainee scheme is highly competitive, with over 1,000 applications in 2012. We are committed to recruiting and developing outstanding lawyers and the legal trainee scheme is a valuable way of bringing new talent into the organisation."

The 10 available trainee posts are based across the organisation in CPS London, CPS Thames & Chiltern and CPS HQ's Welfare, Rural & Health Division. The deadline for applications is 5 April 2013.

More details about the roles and how to apply can be found on the CPS website.


Notes to Editors

  1. For media enquiries call the CPS Press Office on 020 3357 0906; Out of Hours Pager 07699 781 926
  2. The DPP has set out what the public can expect from the CPS in the Core Quality Standards document published in March 2010.
  3. The CPS consists of 13 Areas in total, each headed by a Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP). In addition, there are three specialised national divisions: Central Fraud Division, Special Crime and Counter Terrorism, and Organised Crime. In 2011-2012, The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Department of Health (DoH) prosecution functions were transferred to the CPS. A telephone service, CPS Direct, provides out-of-hours advice and decisions to police officers across England and Wales.
  4. In 2011-2012 the CPS employed around 7,464 people and prosecuted 107,244 cases in the Crown Court and 787,547 cases in the magistrates' courts. 80.8% of prosecutions in the Crown Court and 86.5% in the magistrates' courts resulted in a conviction. Further information can be found on the CPS website.
  5. The CPS, together with ACPO and media representatives, has developed a Protocol for the release of prosecution material to the media. This sets out the type of prosecution material that will normally be released, or considered for release, together with the factors we will take into account when considering requests. Read the Protocol for the release of prosecution material to the media.