Advocate Panels - General Crime and the Rape List

This page provides details and forms to assist the application process for inclusion in the General Crime list and the Rape and Child Sexual Abuse list. Please select the appropriate section.

Guidance and the Application Process Toggle accordion

The current iteration of the CPS Advocate Panel for General Crime and Rape and Child Sexual Abuse runs from 2016 to 2020.

The aim is to appoint advocates who have met the respective 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.

Prospective applicants are strongly advised to read the following documents which set out the Panel arrangements and application process.

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New Joiner – Level 1 Toggle accordion

Applications to join the CPS Advocate Panel for General Crime at level 1 can be submitted any time, provided the applicant meets the qualification requirement and, for barristers, has reached the fifth month of the first six months of pupillage.

All advocates appointed to join the Panel must meet the relevant selection criteria and agree to abide by the Advocate Panel Members’ Commitment.

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New Joiner – Levels 2, 3 and 4 Toggle accordion

Applications to join the CPS Advocate Panel for General Crime as a permanent member at levels 2, 3 or 4 can be submitted during the annual application window each September.  

All advocates appointed to join the Panel must meet the relevant selection criteria and agree to abide by the Advocate Panel Members’ Commitment.

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Upgrade Application Toggle accordion

Applications from existing permanent members of the CPS Advocate Panel to upgrade by one level, to level 2, 3 or 4, can be submitted during the annual application window each September.

Applicants are required to provide evidence of improvement since being appointed to their current level and demonstrate how they now meet the selection criteria for the next level.

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Temporary Membership Toggle accordion

Applications from non-Panel members who wish to join the CPS Advocate Panel for General Crime at level 2, 3 or 4 as a temporary member can be submitted between 1 November and 31 July each year.

Temporary membership automatically expires when results of the next annual application window exercise are announced. Accordingly, temporary members who wish to remain on the Panel must apply for permanent membership during the next application window.  

Temporary membership is not open to advocates who have been previously unsuccessful in applying to join the Advocate Panel as a permanent member or to existing Advocate Panel members seeking temporary membership at a higher level or to advocates who have previously held temporary membership during the currency of the present Panel.

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Rape and Child Sexual Abuse List (‘the Rape List’) Toggle accordion

Applications from existing permanent members of the Advocate Panel for General Crime at levels 3 or 4 to join the Rape and Child Abuse list of specialist advocates can be submitted at any time of the year.

Permanent members at level 2 applying to upgrade to level 3 may also apply to the Rape List during the annual application window in September.

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Appeals Process Toggle accordion

Applicants who have received the outcome of their application will have been advised whether they were successful or unsuccessful for the level applied for. Where the applicant was unsuccessful for either the level applied for or the next level down they may appeal.

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Frequently Asked Questions Toggle accordion