Learning achievements of Paralegal Staff recognised by CPS Chief Executive in Awards Ceremony

The Chief Executive of the Crown Prosecution Service Peter Lewis presented awards on 18 March to 36 members of staff who had successfully completed the Certificate in Criminal Prosecution at an Awards Ceremony. The ceremony took place in The Old Council Chamber, The Law Society Hall, Chancery Lane, London.

The Certificate in Criminal Prosecution is a bespoke course for the Crown Prosecution Service which has been delivered by CILEx Law School to CPS caseworkers for 20 years. The event was also attended by Sharron Hughes, Head of Leadership and Development at the CPS and Noel Inge, Managing Director of CILEx Law School.

On presenting the awards, Peter Lewis said: “I would like to commend you all on your commitment and determination in gaining this qualification. You have all learned some really valuable skills that will in turn support the important work of the CPS. It is essential that we all have the right skills to provide the best service to the public we serve and I would like to thank CILEX for working in partnership with the CPS to help us to achieve this.’”

The Certificate is assessed by six assignments, three of which are online, submitted over the period of a year.

Noel Inge said: “In passing the Certificate in Criminal Prosecution qualification you have demonstrated a mastery of law and practice in your field and reached the prescribed standards set by the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. You have managed to do this while working in a demanding role, by studying through distance learning. The fact that you are here shows that you have demonstrated real commitment, motivation and resilience, which I’m sure shows through in other aspects of your professional lives.”

The course offers exemption from some CILEx units, and successful students can go on to study to become Associate Prosecutors.