Questions about being a Police Prosecutor

Here you can find out about what the Police Prosecution Service does, and what qualifications you will need to join the team.

What personal attributes do Prosecutors need?

Prosecutors need to have exceptional judgement, good communication skills and be quick on the uptake.

You will need to be able to balance many competing priorities and have confidence in public speaking.

What sort of people would suit this role?

Our Prosecutors are of different ages and backgrounds. Whether you are a current member of Police or not, you will need to be confident, have an interest in criminal law and a strong passion for justice.

What requirements will I have to meet?

To become a Prosecutor you need to either:

  1. be a Police employee holding the office of constable; or
  2. hold a law degree (LLB) and a current practising certificate (with two years experience as a practitioner).

Additionally, you will need the following:

  • a sound understanding of prosecution processes and procedures;
  • the ability to communicate persuasively, convey information in a clear, concise and logical manner, and to listen effectively in order to provide appropriate responses under pressure in a face-to-face setting; and
  • the ability to analyse complex information accurately and to produce articulate written responses or submissions

What career opportunities are there?

There are great opportunities available for Prosecutors, including Training Officer, District Prosecution Manager or Regional Manager. Some Police Prosecutors have gone on to become Crown Solicitors, defence lawyers and lawyers at Crown Law.

For more stories on career paths, meet the staff.

What hours would I work?

The Prosecutions role is mainly a Monday to Friday operation. Typically, hours of work will be 8 hours per day.

Depending on your location and the size of your office, you may be required to work Saturday court on a rostered basis.

Working in a Police Prosecution Service Office

What do Prosecution Support Officers (PSOs) do?

The PSOs are the first point of contact for each office and as such require exceptional interpersonal skills. They provide administrative and clerical support to the prosecutions office.

What do Police Prosecutors actually do?

Police Prosecutors analyse files, manage diversion, negotiate outcomes, undertake legal research, act in various types of court and even provide training for operational staff.

What do District Prosecution Managers do?

District Prosecution Managers provide management support, guidance and leadership to the staff within the office. They ensure Prosecutors have what they need to meet their full potential and provide key information to senior management.

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