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20 Jan 2023


05 Feb 2023, 11:55pm

Posts are available in Edinburgh and Dundee
Salary band
£22,182 - £24,488 (Band B)
Contract type
Position type
Full Time

Do you want to be part of an organisation that makes a difference by helping to secure justice for the people of Scotland?

This is an exciting opportunity to join Scotland’s sole prosecution service in a fast paced and rewarding job role.





Posts are currently available in both Edinburgh and Dundee

Whilst these posts are based in Edinburgh and Dundee, due to the nature of the role, the postholder will be required to travel daily to local offices and may be required, on occasion, to travel between different offices in the Lothian and Tayside area.

This exercise may also be used to fill similar roles that become available across other offices in Scotland.

Contract Terms

Permanent, Full Time


Starting salary would be £22,182 with the maximum salary on this scale being £24,488 subject to future COPFS pay awards.  All salaries are pro rata for part-time staff.


We offer an excellent range of benefits which include:

  • Generous Civil Service Pension employer contribution, on average over 26% of your pay.
  • 25 days paid holiday + 11.5 public and privilege holidays (rising to 30 days paid holiday after 4 years).
  • Flexible working hours and family friendly approach to work.
  • Cycle to Work Scheme and Season Ticket Loans.
  • Employee Wellbeing Support with Mental Health First Aiders and access to an Employee Assistance Programme.

Closing Date

5th February 2023 at 11.55pm


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

This is an exciting entry level opportunity for someone looking to be in an interesting and fast paced role.

You may be starting out in your career or already have an administrative background and looking for a change, but you should have an interest in the Criminal Justice Sector.

You will be expected to work as part of a team to provide a first-class service to your colleagues and service users such as, victims & witnesses and defence agents.

This role will require the successful candidate to undertake regular driving duties for COPFS. The successful candidate must therefore be happy to travel frequently as part of this post.

Whilst the role may vary from office to office, main duties will cover a range of administrative support and will generally include the administration of cases including:

  • Delivery/Collection of court papers and productions to courts in various Court locations in the Central and North Scotland area, and occasionally elsewhere in Scotland, using the office van or car
  • Liaison with Production Keepers across COPFS
  • General porter/housekeeping duties as required and some administrative duties including scanning to assist the team
  • Opening of mail and distribution to departments
  • Completion of the weekly office vehicle checks
  • Ensuring compliance and adherence to Production protocol
  • Manage and store Productions complying with mandatory COPFS security guidance
  • Uplift of paperwork from Sheriff Court and Police
  • Delivery of custody papers to court timeously throughout the day as required
  • Franking of mail

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

Essential Criteria

  • The minimum entry qualifications are 5 National 5’s at grades A-C (including English) or equivalent; or demonstrable experience of general office work.
  • Full clean UK driving licence.
  • Literacy and fluency in English.
  • Strong word processing skills
  • Strong organisational skills

Desirable Criteria

  • 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 licence; however further information on these positions will be available during the recruitment process.

 Contact Us

If you have any queries please email

Additional Information

Application packs are available to download from our website

Please note that we do not accept CVs. 

Selection will be competency based.

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) has ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus) and would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews and any other discussions in the process must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.


In order to facilitate this way of working, COPFS asks all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to participate in the virtual interview and discussions as well as access to a personal device of choice by which you can undertake the interview/assessment if selected. Please ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video.

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.