- A Procurator Fiscal Depute takes decisions on criminal proceedings, conducts courts and works closely with the police and other criminal justice partners.
- Whilst there may be an opportunity to undertake a variety of duties within COPFS, the main essence of the role is to prepare and present cases in court and deal sensitively and appropriately with victims and witnesses.
Further information: The Procurator Fiscal Depute job title is applicable to a range of posts within the Service. These posts are characterised by similar skill requirements and job weights. Broadly, such posts could include the following responsibilities:
Non Court Legal Duties
- Marking of criminal reports
- Summary Court preparation
- Drafting charges and legal documents
- Dealing with appeals
- Caseload management
- Consultation with witnesses
- Preparation of reports to Crown Counsel.
- Preparation for and conduct of Summary criminal courts
- Dealing with issues relating to victims, witnesses, other relevant parties and obtaining of evidence.
Qualified Solicitor roles
Applicants for a Procurator Fiscal Depute role must be a solicitor, or advocate, qualified to practice in Scotland (with admission to the Roll of Solicitors and a valid and unrestricted practising certificate).