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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 Specialist Advocate Panels Scheme 2018-22 as at Monday 19 February 2018

Application window for New Joiners closed on 31 January 2018

Throughout January 2018 the CPS was accepting applications from suitably qualified barristers and solicitors to join the Specialist Advocate Panels, as permanent members at level 2, 3 or 4.

The application window closed on Wednesday 31 January 2018. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application(s) in March 2018.

PLEASE NOTE: All emails sent to the Advocate Panels mailbox receive an automated message. If you did not receive this message when submitting your application, your application was not received by the mailbox.

There will be a further opportunity to apply to join the Specialist Advocate Panels in September 2018 when applications to upgrade existing levels will also be accepted.

Potential applicants are strongly advised to read all of the Specialist Advocate Panel documentation available below.

Update on the CPS Advocate Panel Scheme 2016-20 as at Monday 19 February 2018

The 2017 annual application window to join or upgrade on the Advocate Panel general crime list at levels 2, 3 and 4 closed on 30 September 2017. All applicants have been informed of the outcome of their applications and the fully revised general crime list and Rape list has now been published.

Temporary membership applications will be accepted for those wishing to join the panel on a temporary basis between 1 November and 31 July inclusive. The next opportunity to join the Advocate Panel at level 2, 3 or 4 or to upgrade your existing level will be in September 2018. Further details will follow.

It should be noted that applications to join the Panel at level 1 or to join the Rape List may be submitted at any time during the year.

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

Advocate Panel 2016-20 List updated 01 February 2018, includes a list of all members of the Advocate Panel 2016-2020 list and the Specialist Panels list of 2013.

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