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

2019 Application Window update - 29 July 2019

The 2019 annual CPS Advocate Panel application window will open on 1 September 2019 and close at midnight on 30 September 2019. The CPS will be accepting applications from advocates wishing to join or upgrade their level on:

  • the General Crime Panel at levels 2, 3 and 4
  • the Specialist Panels at levels 2, 3 and 4

IMPORTANT CHANGE: Please note that the rule previously preventing unsuccessful applicants from re-applying within a three-year period has been relaxed. Accordingly, applicants who were unsuccessful in either 2017 or 2018 may re-apply this September.

Potential applicants are strongly advised to read all of the Advocate Panel/Specialist Panels information and guidance available below before submitting their application(s). Late or incomplete applications will not be assessed.  

It is now a requirement that all applicants wishing to join the Advocate Panel and/or Specialist Panels complete an Equality Monitoring Form.

Applicants are reminded that they must give nominated referees (including CPS lawyers) sufficient notice (28 days) of the application window deadline and provide information about the format and content of any reference. The CPS will not chase outstanding references.

The CPS will not be accepting temporary membership applications until 1 November 2019. It should be noted that 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 check the Frequently Asked Questions document or 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 19 September 2019, includes a list of all members of the Advocate Panel 2016-2020 list and the Specialist Panels list of 2018-2022.