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Legal Careers

The Public Prosecution Service currently employs 562 staff throughout Northern Ireland of which around 165 are Lawyers.  These staff are employed in two main areas of work:

  1. Public Prosecutor (Grade Deputy Principal)

    • The main duties of a Public Prosecutor (Deputy Principal) are to consider files, in a range of cases, submitted by police and Government departments with a view to deciding, or advising, as to prosecution.  In some cases the Public Prosecutor will be required to take the decision as to prosecution.  In other cases the Public Prosecutor will be required to give advice as to prosecution, and the decision will be reached by a more senior lawyer.

    • In addition, the Public Prosecutor is required to conduct summary prosecutions in the Magistrates' Courts, Youth Courts and County Courts, prepare trial papers for cases presented at the Crown Court, and represent the prosecution in the jury selection process in the Crown Court.  There may be opportunities for other duties including management of staff.

  2. Senior Public Prosecutor (Grade 6/7)

    • Senior Public Prosecutors consider files in the full range of cases submitted by police and Government departments with a view to deciding, or advising, as to prosecution.  Senior Public Prosecutors also prepare committal papers and as required appear in the Crown Court, and may conduct prosecutions in the County and Magistrates' Court.

    • From time to time Senior Public Prosecutors may be required to represent the prosecution in the jury selection process in the Crown Court.  Other duties may include management of staff, undertaking project work, assisting with the development of policy in the PPS and engaging in certain representational functions.