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Crown Agent named in New Year's Honours List

The Crown Agent has thanked staff for their work and dedication after she was named in the New Year’s Honours List.

Catherine Dyer has been made CBE for her services to law and order. 


She said:

"I am delighted to have been awarded CBE in recognition of my work in Scotland’s criminal justice system.

“It is a privilege to have had the opportunity to serve as Crown Agent. I owe much to the steadfast  support of my family and the hard work and dedication of all my colleagues in the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

"Over recent years, our major focus on prosecuting hate crimes, domestic abuse and cold cases has attracted international recognition.

“At the same time, the building of our reputation as a leading promoter of equality and diversity make me very proud to work for the COPFS of today which has become a prime contributor to the delivery of Justice for the people of Scotland.”

Among the achievements during her time as Crown Agent, COPFS was named as a Stonewall UK Top 100 employer (number 8); Stonewall Scotland Best Public Sector Employer in 2013 and 2014 as well as winning the UK award for Best Equalities Team from the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion.

Among the achievements during her time as Crown Agent, COPFS has moved to more specialist working, prioritising and processing criminal cases from across Scotland.

Examples of current specialist work include the Health and Safety Division and the Cold Cases Unit.

This has driven up quality, allowed COPFS to benefit from economies of scale and cope with tight financial settlements whilst not compromising the scope of the work undertaken by the Crown.

The Health and Safety Division has a 98% conviction rate.

In Cold Case work the Crown successfully concluded the investigation into the 1957 murder of Moira Anderson, secured convictions against John Docherty [for the murder of Elaine Doyle] and Graham Fraser [for the murder of Hugh Ferris], and presented a successful double jeopardy application in the case against Angus Sinclair, resulting in his conviction for the World’s End murders.