Procurator Fiscal Depute

Contract Type
Practice Area
Criminal Court Work
Yr 1 £32,573 / Yr 2 £36,833
0-2 yrs, 3 -4 yrs, 5+ yrs
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 Inverness (Please note other locations may be available within Aberdeen).

Starting Salary: Year 1 - £32,573 rising to £36,833 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 £50,958 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 you may be asked to undertake a variety of duties within COPFS, the main essence of the role is to mark cases, 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 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: 3rd April 2020 at 5pm.

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.