Northamptonshire Police are recruiting for a Case Builder on a temporary basis for 6 months to be based at Campbell Square. Full time Mon to Fri, 37 hours per week. Paying £12.34 per hour.
Purpose of the role:
Provide support to the Force with the preparation of prosecution cases and provide assistance and advice to victims, witnesses and the public to contribute to the delivery of justice.
Review files submitted for consideration of summons/requisition procedures and make decisions upon the disposal of these files taking into account diversion options, the evidential and public interest tests set out in the Code for Crown Prosecutors and the Director's Guidance on Charging.
1. To provide advice and guidance on criminal/road traffic legislative issues, evidence, procedures and quality standards to staff driving forward the decision making process.
2. Manage the building of appropriate cases for prosecution, utilising Criminal Justice Department and other resources as appropriate, ensuring all submissions for evidential sufficiency, procedural correctness and content are in accordance with Force practice and procedures to maximise opportunities for a successful prosecution.
3. To act as Disclosure Officer ensuring that appropriate legislative requirements and guidelines are met.
4. Using professional judgment action Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) memo requests in suitable cases.
5. To liaise with the Officer in Case (OIC) and CPS lawyers at all appropriate stages. Where the CPS is considering the discontinuance of a prosecution, to mediate on behalf of the Police, as appropriate, through liaison with the Prosecutors and operational staff.
6. To review summons/requisition cases in liaison with officers, staff and where appropriate, CPS Prosecutors, in accordance with legal and Force requirements. Make decisions on whether a case can be prosecuted by way of summons/requisition, diverted or advised no further action following assessment of the evidence and requesting further enquiries be completed where necessary.
7. To oversee the investigation into Road Traffic Collisions and HORT 10s and make the appropriate disposal decision.
8. Actively identify good practices and shortfalls in evidence gathering processes, notifying management where appropriate, and suggesting improvements in working practices to increase efficiency, user satisfaction and enhance service delivery. Support relationships and systems between the Force and partner organisations.
9. To interview witnesses and obtain statements.
10. At the discretion of the line manager, provide support to operational staff with building serious and complex case files.
11. To prepare case file prior to attending court, liaising with courts over any queries related to cases listed.
12.To attend court to present specified offence cases, ensuring compliance with the Data Protection Legislation, checking the validity of documents produced, dealing with any legal arguments, liaising with attendees at court over potential trial issues, resulting case files including driving disqualification, arranging trials and adjournments and ensuring that costs are applied for on behalf of Northamptonshire Police.
13. To review and prepare digital remand cases for court, which requires a 7am start on a rota basis.
1. Demonstrate sound analytical and problem solving skills and ability to make appropriate judgments and decisions, offering practical ideas and innovative solutions but, knowing when to refer upwards for a decision.
2. Knowledge and understanding of Criminal Law, Road Traffic Legislation, Police Procedures and Court Procedures, as evidenced by a Legal Degree and/or experience in the Criminal Justice field commensurate to the level of this role.
3. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including ability to communicate and influence effectively at all levels, internally and externally, appreciate others views and be aware of impact of own behaviour on others.
If you have suitable experience for this post and are interested in working for the Police, please apply. The successful applicant will be required to go through Police vetting checks which can take approx 6-8 weeks.