Before joining the CPS, I already knew I wanted to work in the criminal justice system. I had studied aspects of criminology at university and had a profound interest in criminal justice, I knew joining the CPS would be an engaging and motivating career. It’s important to me that the system delivers justice for victims but also provides the support they need throughout such difficult and complex times in their lives. The CPS plays a big role in that and I wanted to be part of that work.
After graduating from university with a degree in Social Policy and Crime, I joined the CPS as an administrative apprentice so I learned the ropes of case management while studying for a qualification in business administration. I then worked as a paralegal assistant for two years, assisting in the running of trials and providing support to victims and witnesses at court – it was a fast paced and fascinating role! Alongside that I completed a CILEX level 3 paralegal apprenticeship, which developed my understanding of the law and the criminal justice system.
My typical day
As a paralegal officer I work on supporting and preparing Crown Court casework from the start of the case to the end of the trial. I attend court to assist with the running of serious crimes, manage and serve evidence and draft legal applications. I thoroughly enjoy my job it’s highly rewarding and incredibly interesting.
My biggest learning
I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to work whilst also obtaining qualifications. This is something the CPS is really committed to, and it’s hugely benefited my career progression. I've also learnt so much from each role I’ve had and I’ve been able to build on each experience to keep learning, improving and progressing.