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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. 

Job Role
Fiscal Officer – Band B

Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

Contract terms:Permanent, Full time

Location: Oban

Starting Salary: Starting salary would be £20,763 with the maximum salary on this scale being £22,217 subject to future COPFS pay awards

Benefits:

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 (around core time period).
  • Civil Service pension with employer contributions.
  • Family friendly benefits.

Closing Date: 14th May 2021 at 5pm  

About COPFS

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.

Job Description

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.   

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:

  • Dealing with general enquiries relating to cases
  • Uploading and maintaining case information on internal IT systems
  • Assisting Legal staff in the administration and preparation of cases for court
  • Ensuring all witnesses are notified of their requirement to attend court
  • Ensuring the courts and defence agents have all relevant material prior to court hearings

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.
  • Literacy and fluency in English
  • Strong word processing 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.

There are no age limits and suitability for the job will be the determining factor for selection. 

Application Information 

Full information and application packs are available to download from our website:  https://www.copfs.gov.uk/careers.

Completed application forms must be submitted by 14th May 2021 at 5pm

Please note we do not accept CV’s.

COPFS has exemptions from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) and we must also adhere to strict Civil Service and Cabinet Office Baseline Personnel Security Standards regarding nationality, identity and history verification rules.

We are an Equal Opportunities and Disability Confident Employer.

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

Band B Fiscal Officer Oban Application Form

Band B Fiscal Officer Oban Application Pack

 

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. 

Vacancy 

Procurator Fiscal Depute

Profession

Legal

Location

Aberdeen and Inverness

Contract terms

Permanent, Fulltime (job sharing will be considered, please note this in your application)

Salary

Starting fulltime salary will be £41,384 rising to £53,012 in annual increments subject to satisfactory performance and future COPFS awards.

Benefits:

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 (around core time).
  • Cycle to Work Scheme and Season Ticket Loans.
  • Civil Service pension with employer contributions.
  • Family friendly benefits.
  • Employees Wellbeing Support with Mental Health First Aiders and access to an Employee Assistance Programme.

Closing Date

Friday 14th May at 5pm

About COPFS

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 Team

Local Court Grampian, Highland & Islands is responsible for the preparation and prosecution of summary and Sheriff and Jury level business across all Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Courts in the Sheriffdom.

The Aberdeen summary team is led by a Principal Procurator Fiscal Depute, who manages a team of legal staff responsible for courts in Aberdeen, Peterhead and Banff.

The Inverness summary team is led by a Principal Procurator Fiscal Depute, who manages a team of legal staff primarily responsible for courts in Inverness, Elgin, Tain, Fort William and Portree but also occasionally required to attend other courts in Highland and the Islands.

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 there will be opportunities 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.

You will be placed in Aberdeen or Inverness initially, however, you may be relocated to another office within the mobility rules for career development and for absence cover. 

Role Specific Responsibilities, Activities and Duties  

Successful candidates will initially take up posts in the Aberdeen and Inverness summary teams, but there will be opportunities to work in other parts of the Grampian, Highland and Islands team in due course.  Generally, 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 REQUIRED  

As well as the competencies within the application pack:

  • Candidates must be a solicitor or advocate qualified to practice in Scotland and hold a valid unrestricted practicing certificate.
  • The applicant must have a full clean driving license.
  • Ability to prioritise between and meet competing demands within deadlines
  • Ability to identify and interpret relevant information and to reach sound conclusions on the basis of that information
  • Ability to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of criminal law

DESIRABLE CRITERIA

  • Ideally the candidate should have good IT Skills and the ability to work effectively within a team and on own initiative.
  • They will also possess a high level of verbal and written communication skills.

Contact Us

For further information on the role, please contact Faith Millar or Alison McKenzie on 0300 020 3000.

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

Additional Information

Application packs are available to download from our website https://www.copfs.gov.uk/careers.

Please note that we do not accept CVs. 

Selection will be competency based.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. 

Procurator Fiscal Depute GHI Application Form

Procurator Fiscal Depute GHI Application Pack

 

The Civil Recovery Unit is currently looking for exceptional candidates to become Financial Investigators

Job Role

Financial Investigators – Civil Recovery Unit

Location

Edinburgh

Contract terms

Permanent, Full time

Salary

Starting salary would be £30,500 with the maximum salary on this scale being £34,150 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 (around core time).
  • Cycle to Work Scheme and Season Ticket Loans.
  • Civil Service pension with employer contributions.
  • Family friendly benefits.
  • Employees Wellbeing Support with Mental Health First Aiders and access to an Employee Assistance Programme.

 ABOUT THE CIVIL RECOVERY UNIT 

The Civil Recovery Unit (CRU) is a multi-disciplinary operational unit of the Serious Casework Group function.  The CRU acts on behalf of the Scottish Ministers as the enforcement authority for Scotland under Part 5 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.  In doing so, it investigates and seeks to recover the proceeds of crime through the civil courts.

ABOUT THE ROLE

We are looking for experienced financial investigators or those with equivalent investigative experience.  The post-holders will be responsible for their own caseloads and will take all steps necessary to prepare cases for civil recovery proceedings under Part 5 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
Training will be provided to support successful candidates.

ESSENTIAL CRITERIA REQUIRED

As well as the competencies within the application pack: 

  • Accredited Financial Investigators (via the National Police Improvement Agency or Scottish Police College approved courses) or those with significant investigative experience (successful candidate would be expected to attain accreditation as part of the requirements for the role)
  • The post-holder will have a full valid driving licence
  • Literacy and fluency in English
  • Sound knowledge of IT software packages
  • Excellent communication and engagement skills with demonstrable experience of communicating at all levels verbally and in writing
  • Be an effective, strong team player and be aware of and recognise the needs and pressures of others
  • Be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with all internal and external stakeholders across the public and private sector
  • Analysis of complex information and drafting clear narratives and conclusions
  • Ability to work on your own initiative, prioritising a diverse workload, showing judgement in reaching decisions and meeting challenging deadlines.
DESIRABLE CRITERIA
  • A knowledge and understanding of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
  • Successful candidates will require to be security vetted to SC level.

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Application packs are available to download from our website https://www.copfs.gov.uk/careers.

Please note that we do not accept CVs. 

Selection will be competency based.

Closing date for these vacancies is: 5pm, 21 May 2021

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer. 

OTHER INFORMATION 

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.

Application Pack

Application Form

 

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  • HR

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