Procurator Fiscal Depute

Contract Type
Practice Area
Criminal Court Work
£30,703 - £48,730
Expiry Date
The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of all crime in Scotland; the investigation of deaths which require further explanation; and the investigation of complaints against the police.

Job Description

As a Procurator Fiscal Depute you will play a key role in the criminal justice system. You will take decisions on criminal proceedings, conduct courts and work closely with the police and other criminal justice partners to improve the efficient delivery of justice for local communities.

This is demanding role, acting in the public interest as one of the Lord Advocate’s local representatives, requiring common sense, flexibility, good advocacy skills and a sound knowledge of the criminal law system in Scotland. Whilst there may be an opportunity to undertake a variety of duties within COPFS, the main essence of the role is to prepare and present cases effectively in court and deal sensitively and appropriately with victims and witnesses.
You must be passionate about serving the public interest at all times; confident in making complex and difficult decisions, based on independent assessment of all the available evidence; and enthusiastic about meeting the needs of victims and witnesses.


Candidates must be a solicitor or advocate qualified to practice in Scotland and hold a valid unrestricted practicing certificate.

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Application packs are available to download from our website
Please note that we do not accept CVs.

Selection will be competency based.
Closing date for these vacancies is: 14th February 2018 at 10am.
We are an Equal Opportunities Employer.


Please note that COPFS has exemptions from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974).
COPFS must also adhere to strict Civil Service and Cabinet Office Baseline Personnel Security Standards regarding nationality, identity and history verification rules.