Director of Service Prosecutions
RAF Northolt, Ruislip, Middlesex
Contract Type: fixed-term basis for a period of five years
The Service Prosecuting Authority (SPA) was formed through the merger of the Naval Prosecuting Authority, Army Prosecuting Authority and Royal Air Force Prosecuting Authority, enabling operational effectiveness and fairness by a single system of Service prosecution.
As Director of Service Prosecutions (DSP) you will head the Service Prosecuting Authority, whose purpose is to review cases referred to it by the Service Police or Chain of Command and to prosecute appropriate cases at Court Martial or Service Civilian Court. The SPA will also act as respondent in the Summary Appeal Court and represent the Crown at the Court Martial Appeal Court.
We are looking for an exceptional, highly motivated and impactful individual to deliver a fair, efficient and high-quality prosecution service. This is a highly prestigious post, appointed by HM The Queen. As such, to be successful you will have well developed legal instincts, you will have experience of heavyweight court work, and diplomacy, tact and firmness in dealing with the issues the SPA faces. Imperative for the success of this role is fostering excellent working relationships with all stakeholders in the Service Justice System; all constituent parts rely heavily on each other for the effective functioning of the SPA.
The SPA will benefit from your well-honed legal advice, your legal judgment and prosecutorial skills - and your outstanding personal leadership to the people under your direction, delivering consistently excellent service and insights. This is a unique opportunity to work with and for members of the Armed Forces, to maintain appropriate discipline within the ranks, while at the same time contributing materially to the Defence of this nation. You will be adding to the essential operational effectiveness of UK Defence, through applying the proper rule of law for our people, in sometimes very difficult circumstances.
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