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Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) is the public authority in Scotland responsible for deciding whether to prosecute people who have committed a criminal offence, and for conducting criminal prosecutions. It also has the responsibility for the investigation of all sudden, suspicious and unexplained deaths.

COPFS employs around 1700 staff. About 500 of these staff are lawyers, but in support of the process of bringing cases to court, we employ people in a wide range of other posts. Every year we deal with more than 290,000 reports on offences committed, supplied by the police and many other reporting agencies.

Please see below for current vacancies.


Recruitment Policy Statement

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from people from ethnic minority communities, women and people with disabilities.

Our policy is to provide equality of opportunity in relation to employment, career development and promotion to all, where eligible, on the basis of ability, qualifications and suitability for the work. Being part of the Civil Service selection is on the grounds of fair and open competition and irrespective of applicants' sex (including those intending to undergo, are undergoing, or have undergone gender reassignment treatment), marital status, age, race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability or religion/belief.

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service was awarded the Disability Confident status. This is given by Jobcentre Plus to employers who are committed to the fair employment, retention, training and career development of disabled people. It shows disabled applicants that we welcome their application and will assess them on their abilities.

Civil Service Recruitment Principles ensures that the recruitment process of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service meets their requirements.

Benefits of working at COPFS

There is a range of benefits available to staff, including: 

  • Performance related pay
  • Strong development and training policies
  • Interest free travel season ticket loans
  • Active equal opportunities policy
  • Opportunity to join the Staff Disability Advisory Group
  • Opportunity to join Proud in COPFS - our LGBT staff network group
  • Generous annual leave and public and privilege holiday package
  • Flexible working hours scheme
  • Childcare Voucher Scheme
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Generous Pension Package


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Current Vacancies  


Modern Apprenticeship in Business Administration

Locations which may be available across Scotland include - Glasgow, Edinburgh, Paisley, Aberdeen, Inverness and Dundee. Other locations may become available throughout this recruitment exercise.

2 Year Fixed Term Appointment

Full Time (part time opportunities may be available)

25 days paid holiday + public and privilege holidays

Flexible Working Hours (37 hours per week)

Comprehensive training and recognised qualifications

Starting Salary:   £18,113 per annum (full time equivalent)

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service is the sole prosecuting authority in Scotland and we are looking for committed and determined individuals to join us through the Modern Apprenticeship programme.  

The Modern Apprenticeship is a two year work based programme.  Modern Apprentices will be normally appointed to Fiscal Officer positions where you will work and learn within the business to develop key core skills, as well as work towards an SVQ in Business Administration and a Certificate in Prosecution Practice.

It is expected that the Apprenticeships will commence on October/November 2017.  

Main duties will generally include:

  • Information processing (using internal IT systems)

  • Word Processing and keyboard work

  • Dealing with telephone and public enquiries

  • Processing mail

  • Filing

  • Photocopying 


 Key Skills and Criteria Required

There are no age restrictions on our apprenticeship programme and selection will be competency based.

The minimum entry qualifications are 5 National Level 5’s at grades A-C (including English) or equivalent; or demonstrable experience of general office work.

Literacy and fluency in English are also essential requirements. 

Essential Criteria:

  • Knowledge and use of Microsoft Word

  • Candidates will also be required to provide examples relating to the core competencies for the role (please see the Note for Applicants for further information).

 Desirable Criteria:

  • Knowledge and use of Microsoft Excel, and Outlook 

  • An understanding of the work of COPFS

  • A desire to work in the Criminal Justice Sector

Some positions may have a requirement for a clean driving license; further information will be available during the recruitment process.

Please note that COPFS is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974).  All convictions whether they are spent or not, will be considered.

COPFS must also adhere to strict Civil Service and Cabinet Office Baseline Personnel Security Standards regarding nationality, identity and history verification rules.

Full information and application packs are available to download from our website

If you have any queries please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please note that we do not accept CVs. 

Closing date for these vacancies is 5pm, 1st of September 2017

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer.

1 - MA 2017 Candidates Guide.pdf

2 - MA Application Form 2017.docx





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