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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  

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Procurator Fiscal Depute - Wick PFO

Permanent, Full time (37 hpw)

Starting salary £30,703 per annum - rising to £39,000 after 2 years, subject to being accredited as fully competent
25 days paid holiday + public and privilege holidays

Job details:
We are looking for a lawyer to help us in delivering justice and supporting victims and witnesses. 

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.  If you share our commitment to delivering justice for the public we serve, in return you will receive an excellent benefits package including competitive annual leave, pension and training and development along with opportunities to progress.

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

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 a 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. The applicant will be motivated and have the ability to work independently. 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.

The job title is applicable to a range of posts within the Service.  These posts are characterised by similar skill requirements and job weights as below:

Non Court Legal Duties
- Marking of criminal reports
- Summary Court preparation
- Solemn Court preparation
- Drafting charges and legal documents
- Dealing with appeals 
- Dealing with warrants 
- Caseload management
- Consultation with witnesses
- Preparation of reports to Crown Counsel

Court Related Duties
- Preparation for and conduct of Summary criminal courts
- Preparation for and conduct of Solemn criminal courts
- Dealing with issues relating to victims, witnesses, other relevant parties and obtaining of evidence

Please note this is not an exhaustive list and other duties may be required as appropriate to the role.

Essential Criteria
Hold a full driver’s license or the ability to travel regularly.

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.

Special conditions of post
The successful candidate will be required to travel to Inverness for initial training and then subsequent training to assist with accreditation and personal development.   

Some travel will also be required to cover other courts within Grampian, Highland and Islands, as and when required.

Additional Information and How to Apply

A COPFS application form must be completed and returned to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 5pm on 1 December 2017.

Selection will comprise technical and competency based assessments – further information is available within our application pack which you can download here: 

docx1. PFD Wick Application Form
pdf2. COPFS PFD candidates guide
doc3. Candidates Guide to Competency Based Selection

doc4. Competency Framework

Additional Information about the post available can be obtained from Alison Young at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0300 020 2665

If you have any further 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. 

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer.

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Fiscal Officer - Elgin

Job title: Fiscal Officer
Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

Contract terms: Fixed-term, initially 6 months with possibility of extension
Salary:  £18,113 - £19,567 
Location: Elgin
25 days paid holiday + public and privilege holidays 
Flexible Working Hours

Job details:
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.

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.

Please note the main responsibilities, activities and duties of the role: 

General Responsibilities, Activities and Duties

·         Preparation of cases for court
·         Dealing with telephone and public enquiries
·         Information processing (using internal IT systems)
·         Word Processing and keyboard work
·         Processing mail
·         Filing
·         Photocopying

Role Specific Responsibilities, Activities and Duties

There are also other duties which are distinct to the posts available in line with the requirements of the Fiscal Officer Role.

Essential Criteria 

The above competencies form the key essential criteria for this post.

Candidates are also required to have passes in 5 standard grades/ National Level 5 (including English, all at grades 1-3 or A-C) or equivalent; or proven experience of general office work.

Desirable Criteria

·         Knowledge and use of Microsoft Office packages (Word, Excel, and Outlook) and Information Technology 
·         An understanding of the work of COPFS
·         A desire to work in the Criminal Justice Sector

Please see full advert and guidance notes for more details:
docBand B Fiscal Officer Elgin
docNote for External Applicants - Fiscal Officer - Elgin


 Application packs are available to download at the bottom of this page. 

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. 

Selection will be competency based.  

Closing date for this vacancy is: 24 November 2017 at 5pm

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer.
  
 

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Application Pack