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 - 24 June 2020


The CPS will be launching a new online application process for the Advocate Panel ahead of the annual application window in September.

The new process, which has been designed based on feedback from Panel members, is intuitive to use and will provide applicants with a vastly improved experience. All applications to either join the Panel or upgrade your level will need to follow the new process.       

To support the launch of the new platform, a series of virtual training sessions will be held in July for prospective applicants. The sessions will demonstrate how to use the new portal and also outline how to draft a good quality application. If you are interested in attending a session please contact

2020 Advocate Panel Refresh

The refresh of the General Crime and the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences List (RASSO List) is ongoing. All existing Panel members have either been invited or appointed to the 2020-2024 Advocate Panel, or been informed that they will need to re-apply in September 2020.

This refresh 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).

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