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Procurator Fiscal

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Procurators Fiscal are qualified solicitors who work for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS). They investigate and prosecute all crime in Scotland and are independent of the police and the courts.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Starting salary for a COPFS Legal Trainee (from August 2017) is £18,545 in year 1 and £21,750 in year 2.

Solicitors with less than three years post qualifying experience, working as a Procurator Fiscal, will receive a starting salary of around £30,000. At the end of your second year, after satisfactory performance, your salary will rise to £39,000 a year.

The salary for a Procurator Fiscal Depute with six or more years post qualifying experience is £39,000 to £48,730 a year. A Senior Procurator Fiscal Depute earns £49,056 to £55,220 a year.

A highly experienced Procurator Fiscal can earn up to £162,500 a year.

Conditions

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Getting In

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
1240
0.2 %
RISE
2023
1243
  United Kingdom
2018
20994
0.3 %
FALL
2023
20931

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What Does it Take?

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You need to have:

Training

Getting On

More Information

For the session 2018/19, eligible full and part time students studying the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice (PEAT 1) can apply for a postgraduate tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. You start repaying the loan once you are earning more than £18,330.

In addition, eligible full time students can apply for a living cost loan of up to £4,500. Repayment conditions are the same as for the tuition fee loan. See the Student Awards Agency Scotland website for full details.

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service
Tel: 0300 020 3000
E-mail: _EnquiryPoint@copfs.gsi.gov.uk
Website: http://www.copfs.gov.uk/
Twitter: @COPFS

Law Society of Scotland
Tel: 0131 226 7411
E-mail: lawscot@lawscot.org.uk
Website: http://www.lawscot.org.uk/
Website (2): http://www.lawscotjobs.co.uk
Twitter: @lawscotjobs
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheLawSocietyofScotland

Lawscot Jobs is the recruitment website from the Journal of the Law Society of Scotland.

Skills for Justice
Tel: 0117 922 1155
Website: http://www.sfjuk.com/
Twitter: @Skills_Justice
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skillsforjustice

Skills for Justice is the Sector Skills Council for the Justice, Community Safety and Legal Services Sectors. The careers section of their website holds information on the careers within these sectors.

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