Director of Public Prosecutions

Crown Prosecution Service

London with regular travel to CPS locations across England and Wales.

  • Location London with regular travel to CPS locations across England and Wales.
  • Sector Central Government
  • Client Crown Prosecution Service
  • Job Type Permanent
  • Salary/Remuneration £225,978
  • Reference GSe98367
  • Closing Date Monday 12th June 2023

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) prosecutes criminal cases that have been investigated by the police and other investigative organisations in England and Wales. The CPS makes operational decisions independently of the police and Government. The duty of the CPS is to make sure that the right person is prosecuted for the right offence and to bring offenders to justice wherever possible. The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is the Head of the CPS and is responsible for all of its work. They are accountable to the Attorney General and to Parliament as Accounting Officer, for the expenditure of public funds. As the DPP you will be responsible for setting the vision and priorities of the organisation, working closely with the executive team and the Attorney General. You will inspire the workforce of the organisation and visibly ensure the organisation maintains its values, setting and overseeing professional standards, setting policies for the CPS, including responsibility for the Code for Crown Prosecutors and ensuring the effectiveness and efficiency of CPS processes, including casework. You will be the public face of the organisation, maintaining public confidence in the independence and fairness of CPS explaining and justifying those decisions and policies through the media. You will also build and maintain effective strategic relations across the criminal justice system, promoting system-wide thinking.

This is a post at Permanent Secretary level within the Civil Service. You will be a respected legal professional with the ability to shape a large organisation, manage and build a high-performing senior team, galvanise and motivate technical experts, set clear standards and encourage a results-focused culture to achieve strategic objectives. A minimum of 10 years call or post qualified experience as either a barrister or solicitor is a statutory minimum requirement, and you are likely to have had significant and extensive criminal litigation practice experience, working within the Judiciary, The Bar, The Government Legal Service and prosecution departments or a law firm. We are looking for an excellent communicator, with the ability to form positive, effective and trusted relationships with a range of senior stakeholders, including Ministers. You will be a strong decision maker on legal matters, supported by a rigorous and analytical capability. Confident, resilient and energetic, you will be able to operate effectively in a complex, political environment, at pace. 

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