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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.

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.

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.

Investors in People ensures that the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service is committed to developing staff and providing access to a range of learning opportunities.

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 - we are an Investor in People
  • 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
  • Staff Welfare
  • Generous Pension Package - You will have the option to choose between:

Alpha - an occupational defined benefit pension scheme

Partnership pension account - a personal pension, on the Stakeholder pension model, with an employer contribution based on member age. On top of this the employer will match member contributions £ for £ up to 3% of pay.

Legal Traineeships information

Trainee Solicitors employed by the Department are employed on a two year fixed term contract. The first year is mainly spent at Crown Office in Edinburgh and the second will be based at a designated Procurator Fiscal's Office (or offices if the need arises).

High Court Unit (HCU)

While attached to the High Court Unit trainees have a wide range of duties. These include the preparations of bail appeals, closed circuit television and screen applications, petitions for extension of 110 days and 1 year period, prison transfers, dealing with requests from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, the wider Scottish Government and other outside agencies. Opportunity is also given to study precognitions submitted to Crown Office by Procurators Fiscal.

Crown Counsel

Trainees will have the opportunity to assist and support Crown Counsel, including the Law Officers, in a variety of their functions. This will include conducting legal research, collating legal materials and dealing with applications for Lord Advocate's concurrence for Breach of Interdict. Trainees will also accompany Crown Counsel to the High Court of Justiciary to note the evidence during trials.

Appeals Unit

While attached to the Appeals Unit trainees will assist in preparing sentence appeal cases, both solemn and summary and assisting Crown Counsel with the presentation of such cases in court. At court, trainees will be responsible for taking court minutes, and they will also assist the staff in the Unit in the preparation of legal research for ongoing appeal cases and in the preparation of appeals against conviction.

Civil Recovery Unit (CRU)

The Civil Recovery Unit is a small multi-disciplinary unit which acts on behalf of the Scottish Ministers as the enforcement authority for Scotland under Part 5 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. Trainees will be closely involved in the preparation of applications for the forfeiture of cash in the sheriff court. This will involve liaison with the police and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs. Trainees will also provide assistance to colleagues within the unit in connection with asset recovery in the Court of Session. This will involve working with other lawyers, seconded police officers, financial investigators and forensic accountants in an interesting and developing area of the law.

International Cooperation Unit (ICU)

Trainees will assist in the preparation and research of cases involving international mutual legal assistance and extradition, and assist in the preparation of cases presented at the Sheriff Court by legal staff in ICU. They will also attend court to assist legal staff and Counsel representing the Lord Advocate in respect of appeals arising from extradition and ancillary hearings. Trainees will be involved in applying the ordinary rules of criminal procedure to international requests for assistance, to instruct that assistance and assist in the execution of such requests, as appropriate. Additionally, they will be involved in drafting requests for assistance for the recovery of evidence for use in proceedings before the Scottish courts from other countries and requests for the surrender of fugitives who are believed to be outwith the United Kingdom.

National Casework Division

Trainees in NCD have the opportunity to work extensively in relation to confiscating proceeds of crime. This includes assisting in applying for restraint orders and intimating and administering the orders, helping to prepare for notional diets and proofs in criminal confiscation cases, attending court for such cases to support Advocates Depute or Procurators Fiscal, and helping in preparation of cases to be referred to the Civil Recovery Unit.

In addition trainees may have the chance to work in the Financial and Organised Crime Units where they assist in preparation of cases for criminal prosecution by helping with preparation of precognitions, assisting with disclosure and attending court to support prosecutors. It is sometimes possible for trainees to note evidence in large prosecutions, which allows them to take an active role in a prosecution at court. Trainees are also asked to carry out research in relation to complex and interesting legal issues.

Policy Division

While attached to Policy Division, trainees will assist in preparation of responses to ministerial correspondence and parliamentary questions. They will carry out legal research on a wide variety of topics covering criminal justice; information sharing; disclosure; diversity; victims; vulnerable witnesses; and deaths. This will often also involve drafting minutes on legal provisions, analysing associated issues and assisting in the drafting of Crown Office Circulars and other internal guidance. The trainees will also be involved in assisting members of the division in project work and taking minutes at policy or implementation meetings of working groups and other committees.

The trainees will also have responsibility for allocating offence classes to new offences and dealing with new charge codes. From time to time, the trainees may also carry out research for and provide assistance to the Strategy and Delivery Division.

Procurator Fiscal's Offices

During the time spent in a Procurator Fiscal's Office, trainees will shadow and assist Procurators Fiscal in preparing and conducting prosecution cases in court, and precognosing cases.

The Second Year

The second year of the Traineeship will be based at a designated Procurator Fiscal's Office (or Offices if the need arises). During the time spent in a Procurator Fiscal's Office, trainees will experience the range of responsibilities of a prosecutor in a Procurator Fiscal's Office, including the preparation and presentation of the prosecution case in court.

 

Please see our current vacancies page


 

 


 

Procurator Fiscal Depute

 

Permanent Opportunities

Starting salary: £30,399 pa rising to £39,000 after 2 years (subject to performance)

 

Do you hold a Scottish Law Degree or expect to have one by August 2016?

Do you want to make a difference?

COPFS are currently looking for exceptional lawyers to help us in delivering justice and supporting victims and witnesses.

You must be passionate about serving the public interest at all times, confident in making complex and difficult decisions, and enthusiastic about meeting the needs of victims and witnesses.

If you share our commitment to delivering justice for the public we serve, in return you will receive an excellent benefits package including competitive annual leave, pension and training and development along with opportunities to progress.

We are looking to recruit a number of Permanent Procurator Fiscal Deputes across Scotland in the coming months. The locations of the vacancies we are particularly keen to fill are based in Inverness, Peterhead, Dundee, Kirkcaldy, Stirling, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Paisley and Airdrie however further locations are likely to become available across the country.

More information on this exciting career opportunity can be found within the application pack below.

Closing date to apply for these vacancies is: 5pm on Friday 3 June 2016

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer.

 

Procurator Fiscal Depute - Full Advert.doc

Procurator Fiscal Depute - COPFS candidates guide.pdf

Procurator Fsical Depute - Competency Framework 2016.pdf

Procurator Fiscal Depute - Application Form.docx

Procurator Fiscal Depute - External Application Form Guidance.docx


 

Digital Application Solutions Manager

 

Contract terms: Permanent, Full-time

Salary:  £33,072 - £41,588 (+ £4000 IT allowance)

Location: Edinburgh

25 days paid holiday + public and privilege holidays



JOB DETAILS

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 the Digital Application Solutions Manager within the Enterprise Solutions Group in the Information Systems Division (ISD), your role is crucial role to the successful delivery of the digital technology services that support COPFS to meet its strategic and business objectives. 

Reporting to the Head of Enterprise Solutions and Digital Architecture, you will provide advanced applications design and development knowledge and skills to play a key part in delivering COPFS’ existing and future digital applications solutions.

You will use your proven technical experience in designing, developing and implementing digital applications solutions within enterprise environments, using knowledge of current and emerging technologies and methodologies effectively

For a full job description please see the full advert within the application pack.

Essential criteria for post

Candidates will be required to fully demonstrate their technical competencies at interview.

  • Proven track record and experience of working as an application developer delivering digital solutions within a corporate or enterprise environment;

  • Advanced knowledge and skills in Java EE Technologies (Servlets; JSPS (Java Server Pages); JSTL (Java Standard Template Library));

  • Technical understanding of XML and of object oriented techniques;

  • Experience of developing applications accessing data stored in ORACLE/SQL Server databases;

  • Knowledge of appropriate software development lifecycle methodologies/techniques, with experience of their application within enterprise project environments;

  • Experience of working as a member of a project team to deliver enterprise digital application solutions;

  • Customer and stakeholder management experience.

 

Please note that COPFS is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974).  All convictions whether they are spent or not, will be considered.

COPFS must also adhere to strict Civil Service and Cabinet Office Baseline Personnel Security Standards regarding nationality, identity and history verification rules.

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

Please note that we do not accept CVs. 

Selection will be competency based. 

Closing date for these vacancies is: 3rd June 2016 at 5pm

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Digital Application Solutions Manager - Full Advert.doc

Digital Application Solutions Manager - Note for Applicants.doc

Candidates Guide to Competency Based Recruitment.doc

Digital Application Solutions Manager - Competency Framework - 2016.pdf

Digital Application Solutions Manager - Application Form.docx

Digital Application Solutions Manager - External Application Form Guidance.docx

 


 

Finance Manager

 

Contract terms: Part Time (24 hours per week), Fixed Term (until March 2017 initially)

25 days paid holiday + public and privilege holidays (pro rata)

Flexible Working Hours

Salary:  £33,072 - £41,588 per annum, pro rata 

Location:  Crown Office, Edinburgh, 25 Chambers Street, EH1 1LA


JOB DETAILS

ABOUT US

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 is an opportunity to become part of a team that is aiming to deliver consistently excellent levels of performance. The post holder will report to the Head of Financial Accounting and be instrumental to any finance related systems upgrades/roll outs across the organisation.

The COPFS Finance Division comprises of 3 functions: Management Accounting and Planning (MAP), Financial Accounting and Procurement – and comprises of 12 posts. The Financial Accounting function comprises 7 staff. The Division has a clear strategic vision and direction and the team is working together to deliver that vision.  

ABOUT YOU

The post is part of the wider COPFS Finance and Procurement Team. The post holder will be expected to be flexible in order to ensure that the team meets its objectives, not just their function’s. The Financial Accounting function’s primary objectives are to process all payments for COPFS, ensuring compliance with all relevant processes, procedures and legislation that impact on COPFS;

The role specifically focuses on the analysis, inspection and maintenance of transactional VAT, ensuring the correct Contracted Out Services VAT codes are applied to the transactions and EU/Overseas VAT is accounted for and recorded correctly

Further information relating to the role can be found in the full advert within the application pack.

OTHER INFORMATION

Please note that COPFS is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974).  All convictions whether they are spent or not, will be considered.

COPFS must also adhere to strict Civil Service and Cabinet Office Baseline Personnel Security Standards regarding nationality, identity and history verification rules.

Application packs are available to download below.

Please note that we do not accept CVs. 

Selection will be competency based. 

Closing date for this vacancy is: 5pm, Friday, 3rd June 2016

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Finance Manager - Full Advert.docx

Finance Manager - Note for Applicants.doc

Finance Manager - Candidates Guide to Competency Based Recruitment.doc

Finance Manager - Competency Framework - 2016.pdf

Finance Manager - Application Form.docx

Finance Manager - External Application Form Guidance.docx

 

 


 

Head of Enterprise Solutions and Digital Architecture

 

Contract terms: Full time, Permanent

25 days paid holiday + public and privilege holidays (pro rata)

Flexible Working Hours

Salary:  £44,263-£54,448 per annum 

Location:  Crown Office, Edinburgh, 25 Chambers Street, EH1 1LA


JOB DETAILS

ABOUT US

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

ISD is organised in two main groups: Enterprise Technologies and Enterprise Solutions and consists of around 50 permanent team members and is led by the IT Director. This post is included in the IT Enterprise Solutions Group and will involve managing staff in the Digital Applications Solutions Team and the Enterprise Solutions Team, consisting of around 20 permanent and contractor staff (mostly based in Edinburgh).

As the Head of Enterprise Solutions and Digital Architecture within Information Systems Division (ISD) you will play a hands-on technical role crucial to the successful delivery of the digital technology solutions and services that support COPFS in delivering its strategic and business objectives. You will lead and manage the Digital Applications Solutions Team (responsible for digital applications and business systems architecture and for the design, development and implementation of innovative enterprise applications) and the Enterprise Solutions Team (responsible for managing and overseeing ISD’s enterprise solutions delivery programme, business and systems analysis, software and applications testing, load and performance testing, and supporting digital applications and systems). The post attracts an ICT pay allowance of £4,000 per annum.

ABOUT YOU

This new Head of Enterprise Solutions and Digital Architecture role will require the post-holder to have a proven track record in designing and delivering digital information and applications solutions within an enterprise environment. The post-holder will possess advanced knowledge of enterprise technology, business and applications architecture and of developing and implementing applications solutions in corporate environments. The post-holder will understand the full extent of the integration of complex application development technologies and how they must fit with the organisations enterprise IT infrastructure.

Reporting directly to the Director of IT, you will use your proven IT professional and technical skills and demonstrable track-record in designing, building and implementing enterprise digital architecture and applications development experience to develop COPFS’ digital systems and services. You will use your experience acquired in these areas to lead and develop your team of technical IT specialists to analyse, design, and implement innovative digital solutions to specification. As a senior IT professional and member of ISD’s senior management team, you will be expected to contribute strategic planning and advanced technical solutions to deliver COPFS’ strategic and business goals and to contribute ideas to develop ways of working as part of ISD’s drive for continuous improvement and innovation.

OTHER INFORMATION

Please note that COPFS is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974).  All convictions whether they are spent or not, will be considered.

COPFS must also adhere to strict Civil Service and Cabinet Office Baseline Personnel Security Standards regarding nationality, identity and history verification rules.

Application packs are available to download from our website, please see below.

Please note that we do not accept CVs. 

Selection will be competency based. 

Closing date for this vacancy is: 5pm, Friday, 3rd June 2016

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer.


Head of Enterprise Solutions Digital Architecture - Full Advert.doc

Head of Enterprise Solutions Digital Architecture - Note for Applicants.doc

Candidates Guide to Competency Based Recruitment.doc

COPFS Competency Framework - 2016.pdf

Head of Enterprise Solutions Digital Architecture - Application Form.docx

External Application Form Guidance.docx