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 TEAM
Local Court Grampian, Highland & Islands is responsible for the preparation and prosecution of summary and Sheriff and Jury level business across all Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Courts in the Sheriffdom.
The Aberdeen summary team is led by a Principal Procurator Fiscal Depute, who manages a team of legal staff responsible for courts in Aberdeen, Peterhead and Banff.
The Inverness summary team is led by a Principal Procurator Fiscal Depute, who manages a team of legal staff primarily responsible for courts in Inverness, Elgin, Tain, Fort William and Portree but also occasionally required to attend other courts in Highland and the Islands.
ABOUT THE ROLE
General Responsibilities, Activities and Duties
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 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.
You will be placed in a location initially but due to the requirements for deputes to gain full accreditation, normally within two years, you may be relocated to other offices within the mobility rules. You may also be asked to work within other offices for absence cover.
Role Specific Responsibilities, Activities and Duties
Successful candidates will initially take up posts in the Aberdeen and Inverness summary teams, but there will be opportunities to work in other parts of the Grampian, Highland and Islands team in due course. Generally, these posts are characterised by similar skill requirements and job weights as below:
Non Court Legal Duties
• Marking of criminal reports
• Summary Court preparation
• Solemn Court preparation
• Drafting charges and legal documents
• Dealing with appeals
• Dealing with warrants
• Caseload management
• Consultation with witnesses
• Preparation of reports to Crown Counsel
Court Related Duties
• Preparation for and conduct of Summary criminal courts
• Preparation for and conduct of Solemn criminal courts
• Dealing with issues relating to victims, witnesses, other relevant parties and obtaining of evidence
Please note this is not an exhaustive list and other duties may be required as appropriate to the role.
ESSENTIAL CRITERIA REQUIRED
• Candidates must be a solicitor or advocate qualified to practice in Scotland and hold a valid unrestricted practicing certificate.
• The applicant must have a full clean driving license.
• Ideally the candidate should have good IT Skills and the ability to work effectively within a team and on own initiative.
• They will also possess a high level of verbal and written communication skills.
If you have any queries please email Recruitment@copfs.gov.uk.
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: 30th October 2020
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.