DPP Keir Starmer QC celebrates success of caseworker paralegals

Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer, attended a ceremony at the Law Society, Chancery Lane on 8 March 2012, to present CPS students of CILEx Law School (CILEx Law School) with their awards for successfully completing the Skillsmark-endorsed Certificate in Criminal Prosecution.

The presence of the DPP at this ceremony confirms the importance that the CPS places on the development of skills amongst its paralegal staff.

At the ceremony, the DPP said: “This is the third such Award Ceremony I have had the pleasure of attending and I have undertaken some research on the content of your course with CILEx Law School. I am therefore familiar with both the depth and breadth of what you have studied and I know that it is a demanding course. You have all worked very hard to achieve this qualification, so I’m particularly pleased to see so many of you here to celebrate both your own success, and that of your colleagues.”

He went on to say: “Many of you work in paralegal roles, some as caseworkers, and a large number of you are also involved with witness care. All of this work is absolutely fundamental to the administration of criminal justice in this country. The courts cannot deal effectively with crime unless the cases brought before them are properly and efficiently processed, and the witnesses are there to support the prosecution’s case. You are the professionals who provide these key services to our prosecutors, thereby playing an essential part in the administration of justice. I hope that what you have learned during your certificate course will assist you in fulfilling these roles with more confidence and understanding.”

35 caseworkers who completed the course in November 2011 chose to attend the award ceremony.

Supporting their students at the ceremony were Managing Director Noel Inge and Courses Manager Kathryn Kirby. CPS Head of Skills Qualifications and Accreditation Pat Hignett, CPS HR Team Leader (Leadership and Learning) Therese Matthews and Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives Diane Burleigh were also present.

This event follows on from a ceremony on 26 January 2012 for caseworkers from the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health who had achieved a Certificate in DWP/DH Prosecutions with CILEx Law School, which was also attended by the DPP.

Find out more about CILEx Law School’s courses for public sector staff.