Procurator Fiscal Depute

Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service


Full Time Permanent Contact: Andrew Campbell

Do you want to be part of an organisation that makes a difference by helping to secure justice for the people of Scotland?

This is an exciting opportunity to join Scotland’s sole prosecution service in a fast paced and rewarding job role.

Procurator Fiscal Depute




Aberdeen & Inverness

Posts may also arise in other offices which include Banff, Fort William, Lerwick, Stornoway, Wick, Elgin, Kirkwall, Peterhead and Tain


Contract Terms

Permanent, Full Time

Although all vacancies are full-time alternate working patterns may be considered for successful candidates where these can be accommodated.



Starting fulltime salary will be £41,384 rising to £53,012 in annual increments subject to satisfactory performance and future COPFS awards

All salaries are pro rata for part-time staff.


We offer an excellent range of benefits which include:

Generous Civil Service Pension employer contribution, on average over 26% of your pay.
25 days paid holiday + 11.5 public and privilege holidays (rising to 30 days paid holiday after 4 years).
Flexible working hours and Family friendly approach to work
Cycle to Work Scheme and Season Ticket Loans.
Employees Wellbeing Support with Mental Health First Aiders and access to an Employee Assistance Programme.

Closing Date

24th November 2021 at Midnight



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.


Job Description

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 you may be asked to undertake a variety of duties within COPFS, the main essence of the role is to mark cases, 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.

Please note this is not an exhaustive list and other duties may be required as appropriate to the role

Contact Us

If you have any queries, please email 


Additional Information

Application packs are available to download from our website

Please note that we do not accept CVs. 

Selection will be competency based.

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) has ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus) and would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews and any other discussions in the process will be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.

In order to facilitate this way of working, COPFS asks all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to participate in the virtual interview and discussions as well as access to a personal device of choice by which you can undertake the interview/assessment if selected. Please ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video.

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.

Essential Criteria Required

Candidates must be a solicitor or advocate qualified to practice in Scotland and hold a valid unrestricted practicing certificate by the 28th February 2022.

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