COPFS has a variety of administrative roles which support the prosecution of crime, these include Fiscal Officers; Section Managers; Victim Information and Advice; Investigative Assistants (IA) and Precognition Officers (PO).
- Fiscal Officer: This is an entry level post. The main responsibilities, activities and duties of the role include:
- Preparation of cases for court
- Dealing with telephone and public enquiries
- Information processing (using internal IT systems)
- Word Processing and keyboard work
- Processing mail
- Section Manager: There are a variety of Section Manager positions within the organisation for different departments, including:
- Section Manager Local Court – the Local Court Function deals with all Summary and Sheriff & Jury criminal cases
- Section Manager Serious Casework – this department, through the Specialist Casework Function deals with the delivery of case preparation and the provision of other legal services in support of COPFS core functions; and through the High Court Function deals with all High Court cases
- Management Support
- Project Management Support.
COPFS minimum entry requirements:
- Victim Information and Advice: Victim Information and Advice (VIA) offers help to child victims and victims of crime in cases of domestic abuse, hate crime, sexual crime or where it is likely that a trial will involve a jury
- Case Preparer (PO and IA): Preparation of precognitions, in all categories of cases, in accordance with Departmental guidance and as directed by Senior Legal Managers. The main responsibilities, activities and duties of the role include:
- Awareness of the needs of all witnesses and victims, ensuring compliance with COPFS commitments to Victims and Prosecution Witness policy
- Liaison with victims and witnesses
- Liaison with VIA colleagues
- Liaison with all partner agencies including Police, SPA, Pathologists and other experts throughout the investigation process
- Liaison with Advocate Deputes
- Effective time management to ensure all departmental targets and legal time bars are met.
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.