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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

Update on the CPS Advocate Panel Scheme 2016-20 and Specialist Advocate Panels Scheme 2018-22 as at Monday 3 September 2018

The 2018 annual CPS Advocate Panel application window opened on 1 September 2018 and will close at midnight on 30 September 2018.

The CPS is now accepting applications from advocates wishing to join or upgrade their level on:

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

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.

All emails sent to the Advocate Panels mailbox receive an automated message. If you do not receive this message when submitting your application, your application has not been received by the mailbox and it should be resent. If this occurs during the application window, please ensure your application is resubmitted before the 30 September deadline.

The CPS will not be accepting temporary membership applications until 1 November 2018.

It should be noted that applications to join the General Crime List Panel at level 1 or to join the Rape List may be submitted at any time during the year. From September 2018, applications will also be accepted all year round for applicants to join the Extradition Panel at Level 1.

For any queries, please check the Frequently Asked Questions document or 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 30 August 2018, includes a list of all members of the Advocate Panel 2016-2020 list and the Specialist Panels list of 2018-2022.

Advocate Panel Scheme (General Crime List)

Rape and Child Sexual Abuse List ('the Rape List')

Specialist Advocate Panel Scheme

The Specialist Panels application window will be opening on 1 January 2018.

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Details

Please contact the team via email: Advocate.Panels@cps.gov.uk