Reflections on March 2017 as an apprentice with the Crown Prosecution Service Guildford
March has been an enjoyable month as the transition from ‘new apprentice’ to ‘trusted member of the team’ is becoming smoother and more evident. Alongside my usual duties of preparing magistrates' court cases, I have been entrusted with the task of tutoring our new apprentice. This includes formal duties such as briefing the apprentice on best practices and ways of working within the team, as well as informal duties like sharing my experiences and helping them to settle in. I have also begun training on the Surrey Magistrates’ email inbox – allowing me to see how the CPS deals with a wide range of queries from a plethora of sources (which can include anybody from a defence solicitor to police admin) and actioning the emails accordingly. I also completed my first professional discussion with my Damar trainer which has helped me to understand the structure of my future examinations.