Advocate Panels

Advocate Panel Scheme

The CPS Advocate Panel ('the 2012 Panel') came into effect in February 2012 and central Specialist Panels followed in April 2013. The 2012 Panel established a time limited list of quality assured advocates to undertake criminal prosecution advocacy for CPS in the Crown Court and Higher Courts.

The aim is to appoint advocates to the Panel who have met the selection criteria and have relevant, up to date skills and experience. Any advocate appointed must be able to deliver high quality prosecution advocacy services and have a commitment to meet the aims and objectives of the CPS.

Current News

Last updated - 28 February 2020

2020 Advocate Panel Refresh

The refresh of the General Crime and the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences List (RASSO List) has now begun. Advocate Panel members should now have received an email either inviting them to join the 2020-2024 Advocate Panel list or informing them of the need to reapply. Please note: Advocate Panel members who were successful in joining the panel or upgrading their level during the 2019 application window, or have successfully applied in the last few weeks will not receive an email but will be automatically transferred to the 2020-2024 Advocate Panel list. This process does not apply to temporary members who will need to submit a full application in September 2020.  All successful applications at level 1 received during the course of 2020 will automatically be placed on the 2020-2024 list.

Full details of the 2020 Advocate Panel Refresh can be found by going to the ‘General Crime and the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences List (RASSO List)’ page (or use the link on the right).

Please note: the 2020 refresh does not relate to the Specialist Panels, which will undertake their own refresh in 2022.

2019 Application Window update

All applicants have now been informed of their result for the General Crime list, RASSO list and the Specialist lists and the opportunity to appeal has now closed.

Applications for temporary membership of the General Crime Panel at level 2, 3 or 4 have resumed, and applications to join the General Crime Panel at level 1, the Extradition Panel at level 1 and Rape List may be submitted at any time during the year.

For any queries, please contact the Advocate Panel mailbox where the team will be happy to assist.

Advocate Panel 2016-20 List

The Advocate Panel 2016-20 List, updated 119 March 2020, includes a list of all members of the Advocate Panel 2016-2020 list and the Specialist Panels list of 2018-2022.