Vacancies: Criminal Defence Solicitors

We are anticipating a number of vacancies within the next six months across the Public Defence Solicitors’ Office network, in particular the central belt, but also elsewhere in Scotland.

We are therefore looking for experienced Criminal Defence Solicitors to join us on a permanent basis.

Speculative applications for solicitor vacancies that may be available over the next six months are also welcome for any of our Public Defence Solicitors’ Office (PDSO) offices located around Scotland, with some travel around our central belt offices expected.

The main purpose of the role is to manage criminal cases at all levels with a focus on duty solicitor work both at courts and at police stations. The main responsibilities of the Criminal Defence Solicitor are to:

  • provide advice and representation to clients who are subject to criminal investigations or criminal proceedings
  • apply/adhere to practices, procedures and Codes of Practice to ensure the maximum efficiency and effectiveness of the PDSO
  • build effective relationships with clients and key contacts through appropriate contact
  • represent the PDSO in its relationship with outside bodies as required.

To be eligible, you must be an enrolled solicitor with the Law Society of Scotland, with a full, current, unrestricted practising certificate from the Law Society of Scotland; an in-depth working knowledge of the criminal justice system and legal aid; at least a year of criminal court experience in Scots Law; a current valid driving licence with immediate access to a car on an as-required basis and insurance cover for business use.

Computer literacy in Word, Excel, time and case recording would be highly desirable.

To access the full job description, person specification and application details please visit our Recruitment portal.

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