The purpose of this role is to advise on and prepare import extradition cases for CPS Area prosecutors and to have conduct of export extradition proceedings. The post holder will be required to consider cases fairly in accordance with the Act, and other international agreements, as appropriate. Post holders should pay particular attention to the “Technical Knowledge” accountability required for the post.
Subject to the post holder satisfying the “general qualification” provision within the meaning of section 71 of the Courts and Service Act 1990, the post is designated by the Director of Public Prosecutions as a Crown Prosecutor under the terms of section 1 (3) of the prosecution of Offences Act (1985).
To regularly brief the senior management team and other HMG agencies as appropriate on milestones reached in cases in line with internal guidance as well as working with the Press Office and partners overseas on agreed Press Lines where needed.
To record all reviews, casework decisions and strategies digitally in line with internal guidelines and any other reporting requirements as agreed with management.
A good working knowledge of the Extradition Act is preferred.
To deal effectively and persuasively with a wide range of people, both internally and externally, as part of a multi-skilled team or individually in order to ensure the effective and successful extradition of requested persons. Engage with all relevant agencies for debriefings following each case in order to learn lessons, improve practice and share findings from debriefings with colleagues to improve the quality of the Unit’s casework and overall performance.
For all cases, especially Very High Cost Cases (VHCC), to prepare case plans, allocate counsel hours and monitor counsel hours against plan. Provide updates to line manager and take necessary remedial action to maintain costs within budget and ensure that cases are progressed to agreed timescales.
Demonstrate a high level of oral and written communication skills in all matters relating to the conduct of extradition cases, in particular the ability to distil and explain complexities to foreign jurisdictions.
Legally Qualified: The post holder must be a qualified practising solicitor or barrister and must hold a valid Practising Certificate for England and Wales.
Academic: Law degree, Common Professional Examination, Graduate Diploma in Law.
Professional: Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course and have completed the relevant pupillage and training contract (or have received full exemption from the relevant professional regulatory body, either the Solicitors Regulation Authority or the Bar Standards Board).
If you have qualified through Cilex could you please contact us in order to establish your eligibility for this role.
If you apply AND are found not to possess any of the above any offer of employment will be withdrawn, or contract terminated.
Please note the qualification as stated is required for this role and equivalent qualifications will not be accepted.
If you are unsure about your eligibility please contact Cara.Thomas@cps.gov.uk
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