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Administrative roles

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
    • Filing
    • Photocopying

  • 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.
  • 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.
COPFS minimum entry requirements: 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.