Procurator Fiscal Depute

30,703 - 48,730

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

Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

Contract terms: There are a number of permanent and fixed-term positions available.

Starting Salary: Year 1 £30,703 rising to £34,260 in year 2 while undertaking accreditation. Salaries then move to the standard Procurator Fiscal Depute main scale commencing at £39,000 and rising in annual increments to £48,730.  All salaries are pro rata for part-time staff.

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.

There are likely to be vacancies in all six Sheriffdoms: North Strathclyde; South Strathclyde Dumfries and Galloway; Lothian and Borders; Glasgow & Strathkelvin; Tayside Central and Fife; and Grampian, Highland and Islands



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.


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.


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

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

If you have any queries please email the Recruitment team.

Application packs are available to download from our website.

Please note that we do not accept CVs. 

Selection will be competency based.
Closing date for these vacancies is: 9th August 2018 at 1pm
We are an Equal Opportunities Employer.


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.

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