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Current Vacancies

Do you want to make a difference by securing justice in Scotland?

 COPFS is currently looking for exceptional lawyers to become prosecutors and help us in securing justice and upholding the rule of law.

 

Job Role

Procurator Fiscal Depute

Location

Posts are available in: Glasgow, Paisley, Falkirk, Kilmarnock, Inverness, Edinburgh and Gartcosh.

Please note other locations may be available within the following Sheriffdoms:

  • Tayside, Central & Fife
  • Lothian & Borders
  • South Strathclyde, Dumfries & Galloway
  • North Strathclyde
  • Grampian, Highland & Islands

Contract terms

Permanent, Full-time

Starting Salary

Year 1 - £31,624 rising to £35,760 in year 2 while undertaking accreditation. Salaries then move to the standard Procurator Fiscal Depute main scale commencing at £39,780 and rising in annual increments to £49,705 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.
  • Civil Service pension with employer contributions.
  • Family friendly benefits.

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 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 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.

Essential Criteria Required

  • Candidates must be a solicitor or advocate qualified to practice in Scotland and hold a valid unrestricted practicing certificate.

Please note 2nd year Trainees are eligible to apply for this role and should they be successful in completing their traineeship and take up post by the end of October 2019.

Please also see our full application pack for the behavioural competences that are required for this role.

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

Application packs are available to download from the bottom of this advert.

Please note that we do not accept CVs. 

Selection will be competency based.
Closing date for these vacancies is: 5th July 2019 at 1pm.
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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Band D Senior Communications Officer


Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

Contract terms:

Full time, Permanent

Salary: 

£28,749 with the maximum salary on this scale being £32,189 subject to future COPFS pay awards. The role also attracts a recruitment and retention allowance of £3000 on entry, rising to £5000 after one year satisfactory performance in media post.

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.

Location:

Crown Office, Edinburgh

ABOUT THE ROLE 

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service is the organisation responsible for the prosecution of crime in Scotland; the investigation of sudden or suspicious deaths and the investigation of complaints of criminal conduct by police officers on duty.We have a vacancy for an experienced and talented communications professional to join the team in Edinburgh. You will help meet the strategic goals of Scotland’s Law Officers and assist media in reporting complex stories accurately and effectively. You will be the first point of contact for daily media enquiries as well as using proactive communications to help maintain confidence in the prosecution service of Scotland. You will have good contacts in the media, with experience of working in a busy newsroom or press office.

 General Responsibilities, Activities and Duties·     

  • Reactive and proactive communications work
  • Providing senior officials and Law Officers with communications advice
  • Media management of high-profile criminal cases
  • Drafting media lines for COPFS
  • Monitoring of, and responding to, COPFS issues on social media
  • Maintaining strong relationships with stakeholders
  • Writing clean, crisp and accurate copy

Role Specific Responsibilities, Activities and Duties

  • Responsibility for defined specialist media work mirroring areas of expertise across the business 
  • Attending meetings with senior staff in other agencies, including Police Scotland and Scottish Government
  • Post holder may be required to take on line-management duties for one staff member once established in post
  • Post holder may be required to attend senior management meetings, including meetings with Law Officers
  • Post holder will be expected to undertake on-call duties on a rota basis to deal with urgent out-of-hours issues
 

ESSENTIAL CRITERIA REQUIRED

The competencies form the key essential criteria for this post.The post holder is also expected to have:

  • Strategic communications experience
  • Experience of working in a busy press office or media organisation
  • Good working knowledge and understanding of the media
  • Good knowledge and understanding of the news agenda and justice issues in Scotland

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

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

Please note that we do not accept CVs.

Selection will be competency based.

Closing date for these vacancies is: 8th July 2019 at 5pm.

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

Finance and Finance Systems Support Officer

Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

Contract terms: Full time, Permanent

Salary: £28,749 – £32,189

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.

Location: Edinburgh

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 ROLE

This role requires the successful applicant to draw on their expertise in leadership and management with an enquiring nature as well as attention to detail to ensure a co-ordinated approach to accounts payable in COPFS.

As a Finance Officer you will be a key member of the Finance Division and will report to the Finance Manager but you will also work closely with colleagues within the accounts payable team who deliver financial accounting functions.

You will have line management responsibility for 4 staff

ESSENTIAL CRITERIA REQUIRED

  • Have at least 4 Standard Grades/Nat 5 including Maths/ Accounting, or be qualified by experience;
  • Have proficient use of Microsoft Office including the use of Excel at an advanced level;
  • Have a sound knowledge/appreciation for IT systems and system administration;
  • Have excellent organisational skills.

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

Application packs are available to download from below.

Application Pack


Application Form



Please note that we do not accept CVs. 

Selection will be competency based.

Closing date for these vacancies is: 5pm 5th July 2019.

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.

 

 

Candidates Guidance and information on Competency Based Selection can be found on the Application Process tab at the top of this page.

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