I joined the CPS just before the CPS was officially launched!
Almost immediately I was conducting all day trials at York Magistrates' Court, my first (and very memorable one) being the prosecution of a father and his two sons for a race-day riot in York City centre.
A typical day at CPS would involve either attendance at court (virtually always the magistrates' court) or reviewing files sent by the police to ensure that there was a) sufficient evidence to proceed and b) the prosecution was in the public interest. Not always an easy decision to make, given all the criteria that would have to be considered. It's important to have regard to the victim of a crime as the decision not to prosecute would have to be communicated to them directly and the reasons why the case is not to proceed will be explained to them: in some cases this may be done in a face to face meeting if the alleged offence is a very serious one.
My favourite part of my job was appearing in court - which I would do 3 days out of 5 on a rough average. Cases in Court 1 at York Magistrates would vary from bail applications being made from overnight remands, committals to the Crown Court where the case was too weighty for the magistrates to deal with, sentencing cases and adjournments.
It's a cliche, I know, but no two days were alike - cases I dealt with could vary from murder and rape to driving without due care and attention. And before I went into court that day I would have to be familiar with not only the facts of the case but also the relevant legal provisions. Not always an easy task, given that I sometimes did not receive the papers until 10 minutes before court began, or even on one occasion, had the papers slid under my gaze just as I was rising to advise the magistrates that I had not yet seen the file!
Keeping a clear head, trying to deal with several defence solicitors at once who were all after your attention in order to discuss cases and remembering (even if vaguely) the facts of all your cases was a huge challenge. At the same time, there was a great sense of satisfaction in presenting a case properly and witnessing the magistrates reach a proper conclusion, even if it didn't always accord with my representations!
Officers would sometimes attend court to assist with the latest developments in a case or to add weight to an application by the Crown - more often I would see them in order to discuss a case at the office when there was more time to talk through the issues.
Many of my fellow prosecutors elected to become Higher Court Advocates and were thus able to conduct cases in the Crown Court before a judge and jury. That level of advocacy did not appeal to me but I did occasionally appear before a judge in chambers to present objections to bail applications by the defence.