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Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) is the public authority in Scotland responsible for deciding whether to prosecute people who have committed a criminal offence, and for conducting criminal prosecutions. It also has the responsibility for the investigation of all sudden, suspicious and unexplained deaths.

COPFS employs around 1650 staff. About 400 of these staff are lawyers, but in support of the process of bringing cases to court, we employ people in a wide range of other posts. Every year we deal with more than 290,000 reports on offences committed, supplied by the police and many other reporting agencies.

Please see below for current vacancies.


Recruitment Policy Statement

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from people from ethnic minority communities, women and people with disabilities.

Our policy is to provide equality of opportunity in relation to employment, career development and promotion to all, where eligible, on the basis of ability, qualifications and suitability for the work.

Being part of the Civil Service selection is on the grounds of fair and open competition and irrespective of applicants' sex (including those intending to undergo, are undergoing, or have undergone gender reassignment treatment), marital status, age, race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability or religion/belief.

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service was awarded the " Two Ticks" Disability Symbol on 18 July 2008. The symbol is given by Jobcentre Plus to employers who are committed to the fair employment, retention, training and career development of disabled people. It shows disabled applicants that we welcome their application and will assess them on their abilities.

Civil Service Recruitment Principles ensures that the recruitment process of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service meets their requirements.

Benefits of working at COPFS

There is a range of benefits available to staff, including: 

  • Performance related pay
  • Strong development and training policies
  • Interest free travel season ticket loans
  • Active equal opportunities policy
  • Opportunity to join the Staff Disability Advisory Group
  • Opportunity to join Proud in COPFS - our LGBT staff network group
  • Generous annual leave and public and privilege holiday package
  • Flexible working hours scheme
  • Childcare Voucher Scheme
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Generous Pension Package


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Current Vacancies 


Job title: Non-Executive Directors x3
Time commitment: Variable, but likely to be up to 20 days per year.
Salary: Non-Executive Directors will be remunerated at a rate of £232.00 per day.
Location: The locations of meetings vary but most are held at our Headquarters in Chambers Street, Edinburgh.  
Closing date: 5 August 2017 at 5pm.

About the role: 
COPFS is looking for three exceptional individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds to work with senior staff to provide quality assurance and support to our work, one with senior financial experience.  

To apply, please submit your CV with a covering letter stating which appointment you are interested in, explaining why you would like to become a COPFS Non-Executive Director and what you could bring to the role to Elaine Hales This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Applications must be received on or before 5 August 2017.

Information requests and applications should be e-mailed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more details please see the following:

docx1. Non-Executive Director Role134.57 KB
docx2. COPFS Facts Sheet69.78 KB
pdf3. COPFS Business Plan 2016-17418.13 KB
pdf4.COPFS Strategic Plan 2015-2018 - June 15369.86 KB
pdf5. Governance Structure Summary381.26 KB
docNon-Executive Director Full178.5 KB

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JobTitle: Assistant Solicitor to the QLTR

Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service
Contract terms: Permanent, full-time, 25 days paid holiday + public and privilege holidays, Flexible Working Hours 
Salary: £39,000 - £48,248 per annum
Location: Edinburgh, QLTR Office, Area 1B Bridge, Victoria Quay, EH6 6QQ
Closing date: 21 July 2017 at 5pm

About the role:

The Queen’s and Lord Treasurer’s Remembrancer (QLTR) is the Crown’s representative in Scotland who deals with ownerless property. The QLTR’s function is to dispose of property falling to the Crown for value for the benefit of the public purse. Staff who support the QLTR are seconded employees of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (although the work of the QLTR is entirely civil in nature).

The main focus of the post will be the handling and disposal of property of dissolved companies and missing persons who can no longer be traced. The post holder will usually be dealing with heritable property but we have in the recent past also disposed of moveable property such as a boat, intellectual property and 4000 tons of abandoned rubber tyres.  The post holder will also be involved in some intestate estate case work where the estate includes heritable property or in supporting the administration where non-routine problems arise such as checking claims from blood relatives of the deceased who come forward.

The work of the Office is very varied and the successful applicant can expect to turn their hand to literally anything that passes through our doors.  We are often approached to see if we can assist where problems have arisen. If the unusual can happen we find that it often happens to us. 

We work very collaboratively together and the post holder will be expected to provide support and guidance to colleagues in the team and to assist in the development of our policies and other wider issues relevant to the QLTR.

Job advert and notes for applicants: 

doc1. QLTR Assistant Solicitor Full Advert252 KB

doc2. Note for External Applicants - v4.4 Feb 2016493 KB

docQLTR Assistant Solicitor PFD external advert155.5 KB

To apply, please see the Application Pack

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