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The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) may be forced to keep the door shut on its graduate training programme for the second year running after an organisation-wide recruitment freeze.
The CPS suspended both its trainee solicitor and pupil recruitment programme in October 2009 due to a crackdown on public spending and is expected to make a decision about the 2010 recruitment round within the next few months.
A CPS spokesman said: “We’re committed to recruiting and training talented lawyers, but we must fully consider if the scheme can be run while there is an organisation-wide recruitment freeze at the CPS. A decision will be made before the summer.”
The news comes after it emerged that the CPS’s training principal has taken voluntary redundancy.
Historically, the CPS’s legal trainee scheme has been advertised one year before the start date with the programme attracting around 2,000 applications for between 25 and 50 vacancies.
And up until last year the CPS benefited from the increase in competition for pupillages and training contracts as more candidates started to consider the public sector as an alternative.