Historical requests – Incident occurred 10 years or more
If you request is regarding a case where the incident was more than 10 years ago, these papers may be stored at the National Records Scotland (NRS) in line with the COPFS case retention periods which are set out in Chapter 6 of our Records Management Manual. As a result of the advice from the UK and Scottish Governments to delay the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), NRS have taken the decision to close buildings and restrict non-critical services. Until this situation changes NRS will not have access to any of these records and will be unable carry out a retransmission of any records to COPFS. You may wish to postpone your request for at least 3 months or until the NRS sites are open. Find out more about the NRS closure on their website.