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What we do

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) is Scotland’s sole prosecution service.  We work with Police Scotland, Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service, Defence Agents, and other agencies to keep Scotland safe.

As digital investment continues to grow, COPFS’ Information Services Division (ISD) continues on the organisations digital transformation journey.

We provide wide ranging digital innovation and transformation activities to over 2000 COPFS users located in offices throughout Scotland and to external customers and stakeholders.

Our department employs around 70 permanent team members plus additional contractor staff based in our offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

We are involved in a number of innovative projects that span many technologies including cloud application development, collaboration tools and infrastructure, citizen services, the application of Artificial Intelligence and cognitive services to name a few.

ISD also supports critical services for COPFS. Headed by the Chief Digital Officer, it is organised in three main groups:

  • Digital Portfolio (incorporating Enterprise Solutions, Application Development and Transformation activities)
  • IT Operations (incorporating strategic digital and technical roadmaps, architecture, IT operational support including the main service desk and service management).
  • Cybersecurity

We work with world class suppliers on next generation interconnected digital systems and services, further developing our cloud infrastructure and services. Information is at the heart of our digital transformation aims.

ISD welcomes applications from candidates who would like to join us on this journey.

Over 30 additional roles are being added to our ISD team covering many disciplines including Infrastructure Engineers, Application Developers, Project Managers, Digital Architects, and other support staff roles.

 

Benefits of working with us

It is an exciting time to join ISD. You will have access to the latest technologies, working on digital projects that help to shape and deliver transformation, changing the way we work and how citizens access our services.   You will also be rewarded with an excellent benefits package including:

  • 25 days paid holiday + 11.5 public and privilege holidays (rising to 30 days paid holiday after 4 years)
  • Flexible working hours (around core times)
  • Cycle to work scheme and season ticket loans for public transport
  • Civil Service pension with employer contributions
  • Family friendly benefits
  • Wellbeing support like Mental Health First Aiders and access to an Employee Assistance Programme

 

Current vacancies

Use the drop downs below to view all live vacancies within ISD. Candidates guidance and information on competency based selection be found on the Application process page.

We cannot wait for you to join us at another critical and exciting stage of our digital journey within COPFS.

 

Lead Applications Architect

 Profession

IT

Location

Edinburgh, Crown Office

Home/remote working may be possible with some travel to our Edinburgh or Glasgow offices required to attend meetings.The role holder may be asked to attend other locations as part of general business activities with COPFS justice sector partners or other COPFS locations.

Contract terms

Permanent, Full Time

Salary

Starting salary would be £51,668 with the maximum salary on this scale being £61,617 subject to future COPFS pay awards. The post also attracts an IT pay allowance of £4,000 per annum.

Benefits:

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 (around core time period).
  • Cycle to Work Scheme and Season Ticket Loans.
  • Civil Service pension with employer contributions.
  • Family friendly benefits.
  • Employees Wellbeing Support with Mental Health First Aiders and access to an Employee Assistance Programme.

Closing Date

22nd October 2021 at 5pm

Please note this is a rolling campaign and applications will be processed, sifted and interviews carried out where necessary every two weeks. Specific timescales can be found within the application pack.Closing date may be subject to change with 2 weeks’ notice given.

About the Role

General Responsibilities, Activities and Duties

COPFS is seeking an experienced lead application architect with a proven track record to design, develop and implement COPFS application strategy and will form part of the team that will be involved in setting the strategic direction for COPFS cloud-based application development platforms and infrastructure.

As the Applications Architect Lead within ISD’s Enterprise Applications function, you will play a senior leadership in ensuring the successful delivery of digital applications and information systems, technology solutions and services that support COPFS in delivering its strategic and business objectives and in transforming the way the organisation works and delivers services to users of the Scottish Justice system.

You will provide strategic direction and supervision of all software and platforms architecture - to design, build, implement and support a diverse portfolio of case management and corporate digital applications and information management systems.

You will report to the Head of Digital Portfolio to plan, create and deliver COPFS’ digital applications and web solutions.  The post-holder will also work closely with Applications Development Manager and the Head of Enterprise Solutions to coordinate and manage all aspects of software development effort to deliver ISD’s Portfolio priorities and to contribute to solutions analysis and planning. Close collaboration is also required with the Lead IT and Solutions Architect, Head of Cybersecurity and IT Operations Manager.

You will apply your proven professional and technical skills and track-record in designing, building and implementing enterprise digital applications systems and services.  As a highly experienced IT professional, you will be expected to contribute advanced technical insight 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. 

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

Essential Criteria Required

The essential criteria for this post are outlined below. Candidates will be required to fully demonstrate their technical skills as well as competencies at interview.

  • Extensive track record of conceiving, implementing and supporting software solutions in a technically mature corporate environment
  • Degree in Computing Science, Software Engineering or related discipline
  • Possess strong analytical, creative, problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Technical leadership of development teams in areas of application software design, development, testing and implementation.
  • Exposure to broad range of software architecture styles and patterns such as n-Tier (MVC), Client Server, Service Oriented Architecture, Microservice, Serverless Architecture. 
  • Knowledge of application security standards and best practise such as OWASP, NCSC, ISO/IEC 27017.
  • Knowledge of Identity and Access Management solutions and technologies (Active Directory, Federated Access, OAuth, SAML, MFA)
  • Knowledge of data privacy regulations and best practise (GDPR, Data Protection Act, DPIA, Data Processing Agreements, Data Sharing Agreement)
  • In-depth knowledge (with active hands-on ability) of broad range of technologies required in modern enterprise solution space including
  • Cloud IaaS platforms such as Azure, AWS, Google Cloud, Oracle
  • Knowledge of Platform as a Service solutions and capabilities, especially Office 365 and Dynamics 365.
  • Frontend web application frameworks (e.g. Angular, Vue.js. React)
  • Application server technologies including .NET Core, Java Spring, COM+, Node.js. IIS, Apache Tomcat
  • Virtual environments such as VMWare, AirWatch, Remote App
  • Dev Ops and CI Pipeline technologies such as TeamCity, Jenkins, NPM, Ansible, Puppet, Chef, Docker

Desirable criteria for this position can be found within the application pack.

Contact Us

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Additional Information

Application packs are available to download from our website https://www.copfs.gov.uk/careers.

Please submit a CV and a fully completed Personal Information Form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Selection will be competency based with additional technical questions.

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 must 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.

Band F Lead Applications Architect Application Pack

Band F Lead Applications Architect CV Personal Information Form

 

Technical Architect

 Profession

IT

Location

Glasgow, Legal House

Home/remote working may be possible with some travel to our Edinburgh or Glasgow offices required to attend meetings.

Contract terms

1 x Permanent, Full time

Salary

Starting salary would be £39,381 with the maximum salary on this scale being £47,065 subject to future COPFS pay awards.The post also attracts an IT pay allowance of £4,000 per annum.

Benefits:

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 (around core time period).
  • Cycle to Work Scheme and Season Ticket Loans.
  • Civil Service pension with employer contributions.
  • Family friendly benefits.
  • Employees Wellbeing Support with Mental Health First Aiders and access to an Employee Assistance Programme.

Closing Date

24th October 2021 at Midnight

About the Role

General Responsibilities, Activities and Duties

The ISD Digital Architecture team is responsible for the architectural strategy, principles, designs and configurations in use across COPFS. Working with colleagues across the Digital Portfolio and Operations to identify, evaluate and recommend technical solutions to meet both current project requirements and broader strategic aims. The teamwork with project teams and IT Services to conduct architectural reviews to ensure services are built to agreed designs prior to Service Transition and are responsible for maintaining ISD’s technical risk register, following service lifecycle principles to identify and initiate service renewal and replacement. Close collaboration with all other aspects of ISD and business areas within COPFS

Role Specific Responsibilities, Activities and Duties

  • Manage COPFS technical systems through full lifecycle including design, implementation, operation and replacement.
  • Produce High and Low Level designs according to agreed requirements, architectural standards and compliance obligations ensuring each reusable building block is suitably isolated and identified.
  • Lead, support and assist technical implementation teams to deliver quality solutions to specification and in line with project timelines.
  • Maintain ISD technical risk register with planned replacement timelines for COPFS technology stack and associated dependencies, initiating ISD governance for replacement solutions ahead of required dates.
  • Review, revise and agree third party solution designs according to COPFS architectural principles and tactical and strategic aims.
  • Contribute to COPFS architectural repository by updating and implementing standard systems design templates and reusable components.
  • Conduct architectural reviews of peer designs, liaise with operational teams to review business success of solutions delivered and assist continuous improvement process

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

Essential Criteria Required

The essential criteria for this post are outlined below. Candidates will be required to fully demonstrate their technical skills as well as competencies at interview.

  • Broad technical knowledge and experience of delivering and maintaining solutions across the range of IT services including full Microsoft server/client stack, VMWare, Palo Alto, F5, Cisco and Linux.
  • Cloud experience/knowledge from one or more vendors including Microsoft Azure.
  • Experience of architecture frameworks e.g. TOGAF, Zachman, SOA
Desirable Criteria
  • Certification in relevant architecture frameworks e.g. TOGAF, Zachman, SOA
  • Experience in an IT architecture role delivering enterprise level services
  • Certification in Cloud architecture

Contact Us

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

Additional Information

Application packs are available to download from our website https://www.copfs.gov.uk/careers.

Please submit a CV and a fully completed Personal Information Form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Selection will be competency based with additional technical questions.

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 must 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.

Band E Technical Architect Application Pack

Band E Technical Architect Personal Information Form

Infrastructure Engineer  

 Profession

IT

Location

Glasgow, Legal House

Contract terms

Permanent

Full Time

Salary

Starting salary would be £31,266 with the maximum salary on this scale being £35,813 subject to future COPFS pay awards.  The post also attracts an IT pay allowance of £4,000 per annum.

Benefits:

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 (around core time).
  • Cycle to Work Scheme and Season Ticket Loans.
  • Civil Service pension with employer contributions.
  • Family friendly benefits.
  • Employees Wellbeing Support with Mental Health First Aiders and access to an Employee Assistance Programme.

Closing Date

24th October 2021 at Midnight

About COPFS

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 provides wide ranging IT infrastructure, information systems and digital services to COPFS users located in offices throughout Scotland and to external customers and stakeholders.  ISD is involved in a number of challenging, innovative and continuous improvement projects to support business needs and to deliver COPFS’ digital strategy aims.  Headed by the Director of IT, ISD is organised in four main groups: Enterprise Solutions; Enterprise Technologies; Enterprise Applications; Cybersecurity and Resilience.  ISD has around 50 permanent team members plus additional contractor staff based in its offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The Infrastructure team is responsible for monitoring and supporting all infrastructure assets and configuration items deployed across the enterprise, ensuring services are high performing, efficient and effective. The Infrastructure team provides leadership and plays an important role in upgrading and optimising the wide-ranging infrastructure services that our user community relay upon to complete their objectives.  The team influences, designs and implements infrastructure components of customer centred Digital Services to support business goals and Scotland’s justice system.  The Infrastructure team seeks to maximise the potential from new technologies, industry methodologies and best-practice to support the COPFS’ business needs and in a drive for continuous improvement and to deliver real business transformation. 

Role Specific Responsibilities, Activities and Duties

  • Operational support and delivery of COPFS’ infrastructure enterprise services - (including, but not limited to, VMware virtual server and desktop systems, Microsoft 2012/2016 server, Active Directory, Azure Active Directory, Exchange 2016, Exchange Online, SAN technologies and CISCO networking solutions)
  • Work as part of a team to successfully deliver and implement infrastructure systems and solutions
  • Provide suggested initiatives and improvements to both the enterprise and division working practices and processes
  • Completion of daily, weekly and monthly proactive maintenance tasks to ensure the availability and performance of the enterprise

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

Essential Criteria Required

The essential criteria for this post are outlined below. Candidates will be required to fully demonstrate their technical skills as well as competencies at interview.

  • Enhanced technical capability and understanding of:
    • Microsoft Server 2012 and beyond
    • Active Directory, Group Policy, Azure Active Directory
    • Exchange (2016 and/or Exchange Online)
    • VMware vSphere & VDI
    • Cisco network technologies
  • Strong technical background and experience of supporting enterprise level IT infrastructure services
  • An ability to interact and communicate effectively across all levels  
Desirable Criteria:
  • Experience managing networks and network equipment such as Cisco switches, Palo Atlo firewalls, SAN Switches and F5s would be an advantage
  • Experience managing and configuring Microsoft Cloud Security products
  • Experience of Linux operating systems would be an advantage
  • Experience of Airwatch, Intune and iOS device management would be an advantage
  • Certifications in Microsoft/Cisco/VMware technologies is preferred
  • ITIL certification is preferred

Special Conditions

This role is primarily based in the COPFS’ Glasgow office but on occasion you may be required to work from other COPFS offices to deliver IT services, attend meetings etc. There is an expectation that the successful candidate will, from time-to-time, consider working overtime during weekday evenings and at weekends to meet operational needs. This is not mandatory.

Contact Us

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Additional Information

Application packs are available to download from our website https://www.copfs.gov.uk/careers.

Please submit a CV and a fully completed Personal Information Form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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 must 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.

Band D Infrastructure Engineer Application Pack

Band D Infrastructure Engineer Personal Information Form

Coming soon

In the near future we will be advertising for:

  • Principal Applications Developer
  • Applications Developer
  • IT Senior Test Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • PMO/Project Management Assistant
  • Governance & Business Management Analyst
  • Applications Developer
  • Lead Project Manager

 

Further information

For more information about any of these roles contact:

Deborah Wilson-McKay
Group Head of Digital Portfolio
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Ross McMillan
Group Head of IT Operations
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Test - PIDM guidance

Please note this is a test page. For the current guidance visit the PIDM page.

 

Support and guidance

For information about using the booking system please read the Guidance documentation and Videos, listed below, and the PIDM booking app FAQs. If you require this information in a different format for accessibility reasons please contact our IT team using the details below.

Guidance documentation

Videos

For queries about an existing booking contact the relevant COPFS office.For help with technical issues, for example problems logging in, contact our IT Team by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or for urgent technical queries please call 0300 020 3330.

Whistleblowing Fraud

The term whistleblowing is used when an individual provides information in relation to a wrongdoing; this will usually be something that is witnessed at work. This is known as making a disclosure. The person who makes the disclosure is known as a whistle-blower.

If a worker brings information about a wrongdoing to the attention of their employers or a relevant organisation, they are protected in certain circumstances under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998.

In order to be protected by whistleblowing law the disclosure must be “qualifying”. This means that the worker must have reasonable belief that making the disclosure is in the public interest. In addition to that, there must also be reasonable belief that the disclosure tends to show past, present or likely future wrongdoing in one of the following categories:

  • Criminal offences
  • Failure to comply with an obligation set out in law
  • Miscarriages of justice
  • Endangering of someone’s health and safety
  • Damage to the environment
  • Or concealing wrongdoings in the above categories

The Lord Advocate is a prescribed person in terms of The Prescribed Persons (Reports on Disclosures of Information) Regulations 2017 for the purpose of whistleblowing regarding serious or complex fraud in Scotland. In Scotland the Specialist Casework section of COPFS (Scotland’s prosecution service) will investigate matters on behalf of the Lord Advocate.

A prescribed person is an individual or organisation that a worker may approach outside their workplace to report suspected or known wrongdoing. The role of a prescribed person is to provide workers with a mechanism to make their public interest disclosure to an independent body where the worker does not feel able to disclose directly to their employer and the body is in a position to take further action on said disclosure.

 

A. Individuals can report a case of serious or complex fraud either by writing, telephoning or emailing COPFS. It is worth noting that fraud is not just limited to money but can also be non-financial, the most obvious being misuse of confidential data.

A. The relevant contact details are:

Procurator Fiscal Specialist Casework
Crown Office
25 Chambers Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1LA

Tel: 0300 020 0457

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

A. As much detail as possible would be helpful. A whistle-blower will be required to at least give the following information:

  • The nature of the offence and a background of the circumstances
  • Details of the suspect
  • The whistle-blower’s details if they chose not to report anonymously
A. Yes, anonymous reports are accepted. However, this may make it more difficult for the whistle-blower to receive legal protection as there would likely be no evidence to link any detriment they may experience as a result of the disclosure of information to the prescribed person. It will also make it difficult to ask any follow-up questions.
A. Where it is found there are grounds to believe that an offence has been committed, COPFS will instruct a police investigation.
A. If a whistle-blower has given their details when making a report they may be asked to provide a statement if a police investigation is instructed by COPFS.

 

Job vacancies

Current Vacancies 

 

IT roles

 We also have a range of exciting new roles in IT with our Information Systems Division (ISD). 

 

If you experience difficulties downloading an application pack, please email the Recruitment team on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Candidates guidance and information on competency based selection can be found on the Application Process page.

Case Preparer – Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

 Profession

Casework / Investigation

Location

Posts available across Scotland.

Contract terms

Permanent, Full time

Salary

Starting salary would be £31,266 with the maximum salary on this scale being £35,813 subject to future COPFS pay awards. 

Closing Date

24th October 2021 at Midnight

About COPFS

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.

Benefits

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 (around core time period).
  • Civil Service pension with employer contributions.
  • Family friendly benefits.

About the Role

As a Case Preparer you will play an exciting role within Scotland’s sole prosecution service. You will support our lawyers in making recommendations on criminal proceedings in cases allocated to you. You will work closely with lawyers, police, and other criminal justice partners to improve the efficient delivery of justice for local communities.

This is demanding role, requiring common sense and flexibility. Whilst there may be an opportunity to undertake a variety of duties within COPFS, the main function of the role is to prepare cases effectively for court and deal sensitively and appropriately with victims and witnesses.

You must be passionate about serving the public interest at all times; confident in taking decisions and making recommendations, based on assessment of all the available evidence; and be committed to meeting the diverse needs of victims and witnesses.

The majority of these posts will involve work on serious crime including sexual offences and applicants must be prepared to undertake work of this nature. Training will be provided to support successful candidates.

Essential Criteria Required

As well as the criteria noted below; the competencies contained within the application pack will form the key essential criteria for this post:

  • Recognised qualification in legal studies or demonstrable experience with investigative casework and reporting cases.
  • Literacy and fluency in English
  • Sound knowledge of IT software packages
  • Excellent communication and engagement skills with demonstrable experience of communicating at all levels verbally and in writing
  • Be an effective, strong team player and be aware of and recognise the needs and pressures of others
  • Be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with all internal and external stakeholders across the Criminal Justice Sector including: Professional/Expert witnesses, and Victims including children and vulnerable witnesses.
  • Analysis of complex information and drafting clear narratives and conclusions in relation to either civil or criminal law
  • Ability to work on your own initiative, prioritising a diverse workload, showing judgement in reaching decisions and meeting challenging deadlines.
Desirable Criteria 
  • An understanding of the work of COPFS and the criminal law system in Scotland
  • Personal resilience to work with sensitive cases in a fast-paced environment

Contact Us

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

Additional Information

Application packs are available to download from our website https://www.copfs.gov.uk/careers.

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 must 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.

Band C Case Preparer Application Pack

Band D Case Preparer Application Form

Assistant Forensic Accountant

Proceeds of Crime Unit (POCU)/Serious and Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) 

Profession

Finance

Location 

Edinburgh with flexibility subject to business need. Travel across Scotland will be required for court purposes.

Contract terms

Permanent, Full time

Salary

Starting salary would be £51,668 with the maximum salary on this scale being £61,617 subject to future COPFS pay awards. 

Benefits

We offer an excellent range of benefits which include:

  • 25 days paid holiday (rising to 30 days paid holiday after 4 years).
  • 11.5 public and privilege holidays
  • Flexible working hours (around core time).
  • Cycle to Work Scheme and Season Ticket Loans.
  • Civil Service pension with employer contributions.
  • Family friendly benefits.
  • Employees Wellbeing Support with Mental Health First Aiders and access to an Employee Assistance Programme.

Closing Date

29th October 2021 at 5pm 

About the Proceeds of Crime and Serious and Organised Crime Unit

The Proceeds of Crime Unit is a multi-disciplinary operational unit of the Serious Casework Group function.  The aim of the criminal confiscation provisions of the Proceeds of Crime legislation is to allow the court, following upon a conviction, to make a confiscation order requiring an accused to pay a fixed sum of money reflecting the benefit obtained from either particular criminal conduct or, in appropriate cases, from a criminal lifestyle.The Serious and Organised Crime Unit was established to ensure that COPFS can respond robustly to the threat posed by serious and organised crime and to reflect the priorities and the strategy set by the Serious Organised Crime Taskforce, which is co-chaired by the Lord Advocate and the Cabinet Secretary for Justice.

About the Role 

The post-holder will be responsible for progression of their own case load whilst being flexible to the business needs of POCU and SOCU Key duties will include but are not limited to:  Case delivery and management:

  • Analysis and review of financial information, together with supporting evidence, submitted by Law Enforcement Agencies in relation to both criminal investigations and Confiscation proceeds arising under Proceeds of Crime legislation
  • Examination of reports and other evidence submitted by defence solicitors and defence accountants.
  • Advising own team and internal/external stakeholders on potential lines for further financial enquiries.
  • Providing advice and support to fellow professionals within the team/Crown Counsel in relation to internally and externally generated data and reports.
  • Attending court, as a witness in a professional capacity.
  • Examination of accounting and business records, including financial statements of business entities and their supporting books and records.
  • Providing accounting expertise to internal and external stakeholders to assist in complex financial criminal cases.
  • Providing accounting expertise to internal stakeholders to assist in cases involving quantification of fines.
  • Attending court as a witness in an expert or professional capacity
  • Line management responsibility for Financial Analyst(s)


Training will be provided to support successful candidates.

Essential Criteria Required

As well as the competencies contained within the application pack: 

  • Applicants must be CCAB qualified with demonstrable Forensic Accountancy experience, preferably gained in an investigative/law enforcement environment
  • Successful candidates will require to be security vetted to SC level
  • Literacy and fluency in English
  • Sound knowledge of IT software packages
  • Excellent communication and engagement skills with demonstrable experience of communicating at all levels verbally and in writing
  • Be an effective, strong team leader and be aware of and recognise the needs, development and pressures of others
  • Be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with all internal and external stakeholders across the public and private sector
  • Analysis of complex information and drafting clear narratives and conclusions
  • Ability to work on your own initiative, prioritising a diverse workload across a team, showing judgement in reaching decisions and meeting challenging deadlines
Desirable Criteria
  • A knowledge and understanding of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
  • Experience of giving evidence in court

Contact Us

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

Additional Information

Application packs are available to download from our website https://www.copfs.gov.uk/careers.

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 must 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.

COPFS has exemptions from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) and we must also adhere to strict Civil Service and Cabinet Office Baseline Personnel Security Standards regarding nationality, identity and history verification rules.

We are an Equal Opportunities and Disability Confident Employer.

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

Band F Assistant Forensic Accountant Application Form

Band F Assistant Forensic Accountant Application Pack

 

Section Manager 

Profession

Section/Team Management

Location

Vacancies across South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway may be filled from this exercise

Contract terms

Full time, Permanent and Fixed Term contractsPart time/job share will also be considered.

Salary

Starting salary would be £26,995 with the maximum salary on this scale being £29,776 subject to future COPFS pay awards.

All salaries are pro rata for part-time staff.

Benefits:

We offer an excellent range of benefits which include:

  • 25 days paid holiday (rising to 30 days paid holiday after 4 years).
  • 11.5 paid public and privilege holidays
  • Flexible working hours (around core time).
  • Cycle to Work Scheme and Season Ticket Loans.
  • Civil Service pension with employer contributions.
  • Family friendly benefits.
  • Employees Wellbeing Support with Mental Health First Aiders and access to an Employee Assistance Programme.

Closing Date

31st October 2021 at Midnight.

About COPFS

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

We have a number of exciting Section Manager opportunities available across the different functions of COPFS. Most of these roles fall under the title of Section Manager however this exercise may be used to fill various self-performing management roles. Within these roles you will play an essential part in ensuring quality and delivery of COPFS services by supporting colleagues across various grades and managing a team of administrators.

Core Tasks

Your duties will involve working with colleagues to ensure delivery of COPFS services. People management and interpersonal skills will be essential to team processes and stakeholder interests. Typical Section Manager tasks will include:

  • Managing people – conduct appraisal meetings quarterly. Manage attendance, relationships and wellbeing. Uphold the principles of recognising and consistently valuing equality and inclusion and uphold our core values of ‘being professional’ and ‘showing respect’. Monitor flexible working patterns and ensure use of leave and other allowances.
  • Managing workflow – plan and distribute work ensuring it can be progressed and target dates can be met.
  • Managing quality – systematically monitor and address any issues with standards of work, recognising quality and sharing good practice across the business area. Ensure data handled is stored securely and maintained to the highest standards.

Please note this is not an exhaustive list of duties.

Essential Criteria

In addition to the competencies highlighted in the Application Pack applicants will be expected to demonstrate:

  • Evidence of ability to manage a team or workload
  • Ability to work with others towards a common goal
  • Experience of working with digital processes or systems
Desirable Criteria
  • An understanding of the work of COPFS and the criminal law system in Scotland.
  • Experience of either creating or implementing changes to business processes and reviewing impact.

 Contact Us

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Additional Information

Application packs are available to download from our website https://www.copfs.gov.uk/careers.

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 must 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.

Band C Section Manager SSDG - Application Pack

Band C Section Manager SSDG - Application Form

Job Role
Fiscal Officer – Band BCrown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

Contract terms:

Permanent, Full time

Location:

Edinburgh and Lothians – Other suitable locations may also be filled from this recruitment campaign.

Starting Salary:

Starting salary would be £20,864 with the maximum salary on this scale being £23,032 subject to future COPFS pay awards.  All salaries are pro rata for part-time staff. Although all vacancies are full-time alternate working patterns may be considered for successful candidates where these can be accommodated.

Benefits:

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 (around core time).
  • Cycle to Work Scheme and Season Ticket Loans.
  • Civil Service pension with employer contributions.
  • Family friendly benefits.
  • Employees Wellbeing Support with Mental Health First Aiders and access to an Employee Assistance Programme.

Closing Date:

31st October 2021 at Midnight

About COPFS

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
This is an exciting entry level opportunity for someone looking to be in an interesting and fast paced role. You may be starting out in your career or already have an administrative background and looking for a change, but you should have an interest in the Criminal Justice Sector.You will be expected to work as part of a team to provide a first class service to your colleagues and service users such as, victims & witnesses and defence agents.    Whilst the role may vary from office to office, main duties will cover a range of administrative support and will generally include the administration of cases including:

  • Dealing with general enquiries relating to cases
  • Uploading and maintaining case information on internal IT systems
  • Assisting Legal staff in the administration and preparation of cases for court
  • Ensuring all witnesses are notified of their requirement to attend court
  • Ensuring the courts and defence agents have all relevant material prior to court hearings
Please note this is not an exhaustive list and other duties may be required as appropriate to the roleEssential Criteria:
  • The minimum entry qualifications are 5 National 5’s at grades A-C (including English) or equivalent; or demonstrable experience of general office work.
  • Literacy and fluency in English
  • Strong word processing skills
  • Strong organisational skills
Desirable Criteria:
  • An understanding of the work of COPFS
  • A desire to work in the Criminal Justice Sector

Some positions may have a requirement for a clean driving licence; however further information on these positions will be available during the recruitment process.

There are no age limits and suitability for the job will be the determining factor for selection. 

Application Information 

Full information and application packs are available to download from our website: https://www.copfs.gov.uk/careers.

Completed application forms must be submitted by 31st October 2021 at Midnight

Please note we do not accept CV’s.

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 must 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.COPFS has exemptions from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) and we must also adhere to strict Civil Service and Cabinet Office Baseline Personnel Security Standards regarding nationality, identity and history verification rules.

We are an Equal Opportunities and Disability Confident Employer.

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

Band B Fiscal Officer Edinburgh and Lothians - Application Form

Band B Fiscal Officer Edinburgh and Lothians Application Pack

 

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If you would like to be the first to hear about opportunities to work with COPFS please complete the Speculative CV Questionnaire document and submit this by email with your CV to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This will let us know which of the below types of role you would like to hear from us about.

  • Legal
  • Administration
  • Marketing/ Communication
  • IT
  • Finance
  • HR

In line with our data retention policy we will hold your information and CV if submitted for up to 6 months unless we contact you sooner regarding a relevant opportunity that you may be interested in. You are welcome to register your interest again after being contacted or following the 6 month period.

Public Services Reform Scotland Act - March 2017

Public Services Reform Scotland Act - March 2017

Solicitor General - Biography

Ruth Charteris QC was appointed Solicitor General for Scotland in June 2021.

Solicitor General for Scotland Ruth Charteris

Ruth has extensive experience in civil and criminal law. She qualified at the University of Glasgow and came to the Bar on completion of her post as Legal Assistant to the Lord President. She held the role of Standing Junior to the Scottish Government from 2012 and Second Standing Junior to the Scottish Government from 2016 to 2020. Ruth was also an ad hoc Advocate Depute with the Crown Office from 2010 to 2016 and took up a full-time commission last year before her appointment as Solicitor General.

Responsibilities

The Solicitor General is one of the two Scottish Law Officers, and deputy to the Lord Advocate.

Crown Agent Biography

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David Harvie is a Solicitor Advocate and joined the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, following a spell in private practice, in 1996. He worked as a Procurator Fiscal Depute in Paisley until 1999, when he was seconded to the Lockerbie criminal trial team until after the trial, when, after a brief spell in Policy, he was promoted to Principal Depute, Aberdeen.

In 2001 he was seconded to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

He returned to Crown Office in 2004, where he became Deputy, then Head of the National Casework Division with responsibility for Organised Crime, Financial Crime and Proceeds of Crime cases throughout Scotland.

In 2008, David was promoted to District Procurator Fiscal, Edinburgh and East Lothian.

In August 2010 he was appointed as Area Procurator Fiscal for Central.

In May 2011, David was appointed Interim Head of East Federation.

He was promoted to Director of Serious Casework and Procurator Fiscal North of Scotland in July 2011.  He took up his previous post as Procurator Fiscal for the West of Scotland in April 2014. 

He was promoted to Crown Agent on 4 April 2016.

Lord Advocate Biography

Dorothy Bain QC was appointed Lord Advocate in June 2021.

Lord Advocate Dorothy Bain QC

Dorothy has extensive experience in both civil and criminal law. She qualified at the University of Aberdeen and began her career as an Advocate in 1994, taking silk in 2007. She has been instructed in cases at all levels, including the Court of Session (Inner & Outer House), Court of Criminal Appeal, High Court of Justiciary, United Kingdom Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights.From 2002 to 2011 Dorothy served as an Advocate Depute in Crown Office. This culminated in her appointment as the Principal Advocate Depute in 2009; the first woman to be appointed to this post. As Principal Advocate Depute, Dorothy was Scotland’s most senior prosecutor, conducting many complex and high profile criminal prosecutions and appeals. In 2008, Dorothy reported on the prosecution of Sexual Crime in Scotland, which in turn resulted in the creation of the National Sex Crimes Unit.

Responsibilities

The Lord Advocate is the senior Scottish Law Officer. He or she is head of the systems for the prosecution of crime and investigation of deaths in Scotland; and exercises those functions independently of any other person. All prosecutions on indictment run in the Lord Advocate’s name. The Lord Advocate also has a number of statutory functions, including in relation to extradition and mutual legal assistance with other jurisdictions.

Alternative to Prosecution

In some less serious cases, although the Procurator Fiscal may consider that it is in the public interest to take action, prosecution may not be the most appropriate course of action. In those cases there are a number of direct measures available.

As a direct measure, offenders may be:

  • given a warning by the Procurator Fiscal
  • given the option of paying a fine
  • given the option of paying compensation
  • given the option of a Fiscal Work Offer
  • offered the chance of referral for specialist support or treatment (diversion).
This way, the accused does not have a criminal conviction recorded against their name, members of the public are spared the inconvenience of attending as witnesses, and courts are freed up to spend time dealing with more serious cases.

The Procurator Fiscal may decide to give the accused either a written or personal warning. Once this happens, the accused cannot be prosecuted for that offence.

 

The 'fixed penalty conditional offer' (fine) is an effective direct measure for less serious offences. The levels of fine are set by the Scottish Government and are currently £50, £125, £175, £250, £325, £400 and £500. This fine will be registered against the accused (and there will be no court proceedings) unless he or she gives notice that he or she refuses the offer. If challenged, the Procurator Fiscal may prosecute for the offence.
The 'compensation offer' is an effective direct measure for offences where an individual has suffered loss. Compensation may be issued in respect of monetary loss, personal loss, or alarm or distress. The maximum level of compensation that can be offered is £3,000. The level of compensation will be registered against the accused as a fine (and there would be no court proceedings) unless he or she gives notice that he or she refuses the offer. If challenged, the Procurator Fiscal may prosecute for the offence.

If, following rejection of a fixed penalty offer or compensation offer, a prosecution follows, the accused's failure to take up the offer, and its amount may be disclosed to the Court.Fixed penalty and compensation offers are not criminal convictions. However, they are recorded and can be disclosed to the court for any offence which occurs within a period of two years from the date of acceptance. Where a fixed penalty offer or compensation offer has not been rejected the Procurator Fiscal, if asked, may disclose this to any person whom he considers to have a legitimate interest in knowing the outcome of the case, for example, the victim or the media.
A Fiscal Work Offer (FWO) is a direct measure which allows the prosecutor to offer an offender the opportunity of completing a Fiscal Work Order of between 10-50 hours of unpaid work. 

If the offer is rejected or the work order is not completed satisfactorily then the Procurator Fiscal may prosecute for the offence.
Fixed penalties are also offered as an alternative to prosecution for some less serious road traffic offences. In contrast to non road traffic fixed penalty offers and compensation offers, road traffic fixed penalties are only registered when they are actively accepted by the accused. If the offer is accepted and payment made, no prosecution is brought. If it is an endorsable offence penalty points are also endorsed on the accused's driving licence. Where the accused does not actively accept the fixed penalty, the Procurator Fiscal can bring the case to court as a normal prosecution.
This is called 'diversion' and involves offering the individual the option of referral to a scheme, which might involve social work, or psychiatric or psychologist support, treatment or other action. This is used where the individual has an identifiable need and diversion would be the most appropriate outcome in the circumstances.. The individual can decide not to accept the referral and the Procurator Fiscal may then prosecute the case.
In less serious cases where there is an identifiable victim, a conflict between two parties, or where the offender is able to make amends for his conduct, 'reparation and mediation' can be an effective alternative, in those areas where there is a scheme available. The accused can choose not to accept the reparation and mediation in which case the Procurator Fiscal may prosecute the case in the normal way.

Specialist Reporting Agencies

Over 50 specialist reporting agencies, other than the Police, report cases to the Procurator Fiscal each year. The types of offences reported can range from benefit fraud to pollution of drinking water, from illegal dumping of waste to infringement of trading standards. The list of reporting agencies includes bodies such as the Health and Safety Executive, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, as well as Local Authority departments such as Environmental Health and Trading Standards.

Although the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service has historically resisted the development of specialist prosecutors, who might handle the offences reported by Specialist Reporting Agencies, on the basis that Procurators Fiscal are, by their very nature, specialists in criminal law whose knowledge and skills can be adapted for any type of prosecution, we have acknowledged that due to advances in technology and the intricacies of modern life and law, the prosecution of crime is becoming increasingly complex.

As part of our commitment to providing a consistent and high standard of service, and in line with the commitment given in A Partnership for a Better Scotland, a national network of prosecutors has been created to specialise in environmental and wildlife law.

Offences such as the pollution of rivers by raw sewage or chemical spillage can pose a real threat both to public health and to the environment but these are not cases that are dealt with every day by Procurators Fiscal and accordingly, a number of existing prosecutors have been appointed and have received specialist training with SEPA.

Similarly, a network of prosecutors has been trained in wildlife offences such as the theft of wild birds' eggs or the shooting or poisoning of protected species of birds or animals.

In establishing a network of Procurators Fiscal with expertise in the prosecution of such offences and who are able to share their experiences across the country more readily, we are helping to make sure that COPFS is equipped to conduct effective investigation and prosecution of environmental crime against a better background of understanding of the context of these offences.