Director of Service Prosecutions

Location
London
Salary
Up to £130,000
Posted
05 Feb 2018
Closes
05 Mar 2018
Job Title
Head of Department
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Director of Service Prosecutions
Up to £130,000
Northolt, Middlesex

The Service Prosecuting Authority (“SPA”) was formed on the 1st January 2009 with the incorporation of the prosecuting authorities of the Navy, Army and Royal Air Force. The head of the Authority is the Director of Service Prosecutions.  The SPA has its Headquarters at RAF Northolt in North West London. The role of Director of Service Prosecutions is offered for a statutory fixed term of five years.

The role of the SPA is to review cases referred to it and to prosecute appropriate cases in the Service Courts. The workload is extremely varied: from more minor service disciplinary offences through to high profile and complex cases involving the most serious criminal offences under English and Welsh law. The Director of Service Prosecutions and the SPA act, by convention, under the general superintendence of the Attorney General and remain fully independent of the military chain of command. The Service Justice System while separate from the Civilian Justice System applies the criminal law and procedure of England and Wales.  It also applies the principles of Service law to ensure justice and discipline in the Armed Services thus maintaining operational effectiveness.

Role of Director of Service Prosecutions:

  • Responsible for the independent, efficient and consistent consideration of service offences (which includes offences contrary to the criminal law and offences contrary to service discipline.) He/she will ensure that the SPA initiates prosecutions where justified and conducts fair and thorough proceedings, whilst liaising effectively with the police and dealing with witnesses and victims of crime with care and sensitivity.
  • Manages a budget of c£5m and leads a diverse team of some 55 people, including prosecuting officers drawn from the legal branches of the three services and the Civil Service and Civil Service administrative and support staff.
  • Maintains key relationships with the Attorney General, the service and senior Judiciary, the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Justice, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Armed Forces, including the service police, and Parliament.

Person Specification:

  • A British Citizen with a 10 year general qualification within the meaning of Section 71 of the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 ( or the Scottish or Northern Ireland Equivalents), knowledge/experience of criminal prosecutions and recent courtroom advocacy.
  • The aptitude to lead and manage a large, diverse team and influencing and networking skills which will help to drive a coherent approach to the Service Justice System while maintaining prosecutorial independence.
  • Prior exposure to the Services, whilst helpful, is not required as an extensive induction will be offered, so that the appointee will be fully equipped to excel in her/his role.

Closing Date: 0900 on Monday 5th March 2018

This post is regulated by the Civil Service Commission.

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