Advocate Deputes – Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service



The Lord Advocate invites applications for appointment to the position of Advocate Depute to fill anticipated requirements over the next 12 months.

Appointments are open to members of the Faculty of Advocates, Solicitor Advocates and members of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service with not less than five years’ post-qualifying experience of legal practice in Scotland, whether as an advocate or as a solicitor.

There are two separate role terms available as follows:

  • Full Time Advocate, appointed to the main cadre normally for a period of up to 3 years – experience of prosecuting in the High Court will normally be required, the Lord Advocate may exceptionally waive that requirement.
  • Ad Hoc Advocate Depute, appointed to the approved list to support the undertaking of regular trial prosecutions to fill short term gaps in cover. Those applicants who were appointed to the approved list in 2017 need not reapply.

A selection panel will consider applications and make recommendations to the Lord Advocate for appointment. This process will involve an initial sift of applications and those who have demonstrated potential for appointment will be invited for assessment. The assessment will include submission of an item of written work, conduct of an examination in chief, cross examination and delivery of a jury speech.

In addition to good advocacy and legal skills, you will have integrity, be impartial and have sound judgement; you will project confidence and be clear about objectives and priorities; you will be able to work as part of a team, accept and embrace change, and have an awareness of the on-going changes being introduced to modernise the prosecution of serious crime.

Contact PA/DCA SeriousCasework@copfs.gsi.gov.uk for further information or to request an application form.

Completed applications should be submitted to PA/DCASeriousCasework by 24 August 2018.

Please specify the type of appointment for which you wish to be considered. The Lord Advocate will appoint as Crown Counsel those who appear to be best qualified regardless of ethnic origin, marital status, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religion or disability.