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 - 12 November 2019

2020 Advocate Panel Refresh

The next refresh of the General Crime and Rape list will begin in January 2020.  

The Advocate Panel is refreshed every four years to ensure that members have the relevant, up to date skills and experience to enable them to deliver high quality prosecution advocacy services and remain committed to meeting the aims and objectives of the CPS.

The 2020 refresh will affect all existing members of the 2016 Advocate Panels for General Crime and Rape and Child Sexual Abuse. Full details can be found by going to the ‘2020 Panel - General Crime and Rape 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

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 their result in December 2019; with the results of Specialist Panel following in January 2020.

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: 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 29 November 2019, includes a list of all members of the Advocate Panel 2016-2020 list and the Specialist Panels list of 2018-2022.