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Procurator Fiscal Depute, Aberdeen




25 Nov 2022


11 Dec 2022, 11:55pm

Salary band
£52,355 – £65,276 (Band F)
Contract type
Position type
Full Time

Are you a solicitor looking for a rewarding career?

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

This is an exciting opportunity at the centre of Scotland’s sole prosecution service in a fast paced and rewarding job role

Procurator Fiscal Depute





Office attendance will be required 5 days per week and there will be limited scope for remote working.

Travel may be required on occasion to the Banff and Peterhead offices.

Contract Terms

Permanent, Full Time


Starting full time salary will be £52,355 rising to £65,276 annual increments subject to satisfactory performance and future COPFS awards.

All salaries are pro rata for part time staff.

To support those who work for us, we offer generous benefits and rewards

  • Generous Civil Service Pension employer contribution, of 27% 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.
  • Employees Wellbeing Support with Mental Health First Aiders and access to an Employee Assistance Programme and internal inclusion networks
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • Learning and development opportunities

Closing Date

11th December 2022 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.

Working in public services is a rewarding way to make a difference to the people of Scotland.  COPFS is committed to creating an inclusive and respectful environment which reflects the diversity of the society we serve. 

COPFS actively encourage career development and progression and there will be opportunities to carry out other roles within the Service.

The Individual

As a Procurator Fiscal Depute you will play a key role in the criminal justice system. You will take decisions on criminal proceedings, court proceedings and work closely with the police and other criminal justice partners to improve the efficient delivery of justice for local communities.

This is a unique role where you will be 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 always serving the public interest; 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.

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds including people of different ages with the skills and experience to perform this role. 

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

Essential Criteria

The competencies referred to in the application pack form the key essential criteria for this post.

  • Candidates must be a solicitor or advocate qualified to practise in Scotland and hold a practising certificate which is free from conditions which are inconsistent with performing the role and free from any conditions imposed by the Scottish Solicitors Discipline Tribunal or the Court by the end of December 2022.

Desirable Criteria

  • Full clean UK driving licence.

Find out more about the role

We would encourage you to contact us should you wish any further information about the role or our organisation.  Please contact us at the email address noted below.


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 CV’s and that 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 will be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.

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.