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News from COPFS

Advocate Depute roles open for application

The Lord Advocate invites applications for appointment to the position of Advocate Depute to fill anticipated requirements in the coming months to address both the current caseload levels and the plans for recovery and reduction of trial backlogs to pre-pandemic levels.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): information for those due to attend court

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to have a significant impact on the Scottish criminal justice system. COPFS is working closely with justice partners and with Scottish Government on measures which will support the fair and effective administration of justice whilst respecting the public health guidance which has been issued.

Attending court from 19 April 2021

Scotland’s courts remain open during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown as the delivery of justice is identified as essential business. From 19 April there will be a cautious and incremental easing of the current restrictions in criminal courts, in line with public health advice.

Lord Advocate & Crown Agent evidence to Scottish Parliament committee on handling of harassment complaints

Comments have been made about the Crown which are without foundation, and the public is entitled to hear the truth about these matters from me.

Statement by the Lord Advocate to Parliament: Clark & Whitehouse

I am grateful for the opportunity to make a statement following the disposal, last week, of the actions brought against me by David Whitehouse and Paul Clark.

Response to Scottish Parliament committee request

As explained in a letter dated 10 November 2020 to the convener of the Scottish Parliament Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints, the material held by the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) in relation to the criminal investigation and prosecution of Alex Salmond, as in any case, was obtained and is held by COPFS for that sole purpose.

Attending court from 12 January 2021

Scotland’s courts remain open during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown as the delivery of justice is identified as essential business, but the focus will be on the most serious and sensitive cases only at this time.

Domestic Abuse and Stalking charges in Scotland, 2019-20

An Official Statistics publication for Scotland. 

A report on Domestic Abuse and Stalking charges in Scotland 2019-20 was published today.

Publication of Securing Justice: Our Strategic Plan 2020-23 and business plan for 2020-21

Today the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) has published Securing Justice: Strategic Plan for 2020-23, along with the COPFS business plan for 2020-21.

Standards of Service for Victims and Witnesses - Annual Report

The Lord Advocate is required, along with the Chief Constable of Police Scotland, the Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service, the Scottish Prison Service and the Parole Board for Scotland, to publish Standards of Service for victims and witnesses each year and to publish an annual report in relation to the fulfilment of those standards.