Police Prosecutions Officer

Joint Justice Services

Full Time (37 Hours) - Permanent

£26,232 - £29,433 per annum

Friday 9 December 2022 at 5pm

Please quote Ref: L2785 on application form


An opportunity has arisen to join Criminal Justice Department as a Police Presenter based at either Carmelite House, Norwich or Landmark House, Ipswich.

The role will predominately involve processing prosecutions of specified motoring offences, attending and presenting the prosecution case within Magistrates Courts across both Norfolk and Suffolk. Liaising with HMCTS and CPS in relation to ongoing cases, as well as making applications for costs and engaging with defendants in relation to exceptional hardship cases.

This role has recently been categorised as suitable for home working within the Constabulary Modern Working Programme (MWP).

Main duties include:

    • Attend Magistrates’ Courts as required in Norfolk and Suffolk
    • Identify and address any deficiencies and further enquires in case papers and withdraw if appropriate
    • If necessary, write instructions for further enquires to be made/evidence to be obtained etc for staff and officers
    • Present Specified Offences in Court, dealing with any legal arguments and any defence applications
    • Engage with the Court Responders, identifying plea, mitigation and other issues
    • Check driving documents including licences/vehicle test certificates/insurance certificates (where necessary)
    • Conduct PNC checks to verify driving licence details/establish driving history for court presentation (where necessary)
    • Make enquiries of insurance companies to support or rebut certificates produced to the court
    • Comply with Data Protection Act procedures in dealing with Magistrates, Legal Advisors, administration staff and members of the public
    • Liaise with the Motor Insurance Bureau regarding status of insurance cover for prosecution purposes
    • Respond to enquiries from external agencies regarding progress of individual cases.
    • Work in conjunction with CPS providing case information
    • Liaise with CJS managers/staff regarding any identified or systematic failures
    • Provide feedback to CJS staff and officers regarding evidence, quality and case building
    • Update Court files with result, including disqualification entries
    • Arrange trial/adjournment dates in consultation with the Court and arrange follow up action as required
    • Apply for prosecution (police) costs on behalf of Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies.
    • Keep all data as specified by CJS management
    • Any other duties that are commensurate with the role and grade as may be requested by management
    • Liaise with CJS managers/staff regarding any identified or systematic failures

It is essential that applicants meet the following criteria:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to liaise effectively with internal staff of all levels, external bodies and members of the public
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to present complex information clearly
  • Proven ability to work to deadlines with experience of managing own workloads to meet demand
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills with the ability to work methodically and systematically
  • Proven ability to work as an effective member of a team
  • Flexibility relating to court travel and attendance requirements

It is desirable that applicants meet the following criteria:

  • Knowledge of current Road Traffic Legislation and rules of evidence
  • Previous experience of interviewing members of the public
  • Knowledge of Court procedures and protocols with previous experience of presenting evidence

Hours of work are 37 per week Monday to Friday.  This post is offered on a permanent basis.

Consideration will be given to whether the post can be delivered on either a part time or job share basis, in line with the organisational requirements of this role.

The recruitment criteria for all posts are subject to reasonable adjustment in line with the Equality Act 2010. 

Applications from at-risk staff will be prioritised and receive preference in any selection process.

Anyone who wishes to be considered for appointment should download an application pack and monitoring form as they must be submitted together.

These forms as well as application guidance notes are also available on the right hand side of the page in the Downloads section.

Please return completed applications by email to [email protected]