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 - 01 October 2019

The 2019 annual CPS Advocate Panel application window closed at midnight on 30 September 2019. Thank you to those who applied to either join the Panel or upgrade their level.  

Applicants to the General Crime and Rape and Child Sexual Abuse lists will be notified of the result of their application in December 2019; with the results of Specialist Panel applications following in January 2020.   

The CPS will begin accepting applications again for temporary membership applications from 1 November 2019. 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.

Details setting out the arrangements for the 2020 refresh of the Advocate Panel for General Crime and the Rape and Child Sexual Abuse list will be provided in November 2019.

For any queries, please contact the Advocate Panel mailbox: advocate.panels@cps.gov.uk where the team will be happy to assist.

Advocate Panel 2016-20 List

The Advocate Panel 2016-20 List, updated 08 November 2019, includes a list of all members of the Advocate Panel 2016-2020 list and the Specialist Panels list of 2018-2022.