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Legal roles

COPFS has a variety of legal roles, including: Procurator Fiscal Depute; progressing to a Senior Procurator Fiscal Depute; and then to a Principal Depute.

Key points:
  • 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.
Court Related Duties 
  • 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).