Procurator Fiscal Depute

Contract Type
Practice Area
Criminal Court Work
£31,624 rising to £49,705
0-2 yrs, 3 -4 yrs, 5+ yrs, N/A
Do you want to make a difference by securing justice in Scotland?

Job Description

COPFS is currently looking for exceptional lawyers to become prosecutors and help us in securing justice and upholding the rule of law.

Posts are available in: Glasgow, Paisley, Falkirk, Kilmarnock, Inverness, Edinburgh and Gartcosh.

Please note other locations may be available within the following Sheriffdoms:

  • Tayside, Central & Fife
  • Lothian & Borders
  • South Strathclyde, Dumfries & Galloway
  • North Strathclyde
  • Grampian, Highland & Islands

Starting Salary: Year 1 - £31,624 rising to £35,760 in year 2 while undertaking accreditation.

Salaries then move to the standard Procurator Fiscal Depute main scale commencing at £39,780 and rising in annual increments to £49,705 subject to future COPFS pay awards.

We offer an excellent range of benefits which include:

  • 25 days paid holiday + 11.5 public and privilege holidays (rising to 30 days paid holiday after 4 years)
  • Flexible working hours.
  • Civil Service pension with employer contributions.
  • Family friendly benefits.


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.

About the Role

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, good judgement and decision making, flexibility, legal and advocacy skills and a sound knowledge of the criminal law system in Scotland. Whilst there will be opportunities 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 decisions, based on independent assessment of all the available evidence; and enthusiastic about public service and meeting the needs of victims and witnesses.

Essential Criteria Required

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

Please note 2nd year Trainees are eligible to apply for this role and should they be successful in completing their traineeship and take up post by the end of October 2019.

Please also see our full application pack for the behavioural competences that are required for this role.

If you have any queries please email

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: 5 July 2019 at 1pm.
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.