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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 1 October 2018

The 2018 annual CPS Advocate Panel application window closed at midnight on 30 September 2018.  Applicants will be notified of the outcome in December 2018.

The next opportunity for advocates wishing to join or upgrade their level on the General Crime List (levels 2, 3 and 4) and/or the Specialist Panels (levels 2, 3 and 4) will be September 2019.

Applications to join the General Crime List as a temporary member are only accepted between 1 November and 31 July.

Applications to join the following Panels may be submitted at any time during the year:

  • General Crime Panel at level 1
  • Specialist Extradition Panel at level 1
  • Rape and Child Sexual Abuse List (‘the Rape list’)

Should you have any queries regarding the CPS Advocate Panel or Specialist Panels, please contact the Advocate Panel mailbox: advocate.panels@cps.gov.uk where the team will be happy to assist.

Please note that all messages to the Advocate Panels mailbox receive an automated message. If you do not receive this message when contacting us, your email has not been received by the mailbox and it should be resent.

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