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Inspectorate report on the prosecution of young people

The Lord Advocate has welcomed the Inspectorate of Prosecution in Scotland thematic report on the prosecution of young people.


Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC said: “Earlier this year I commissioned the Inspectorate of Prosecution to review and assess the effectiveness of Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) processes and procedures for prosecuting offenders up to the age of 18 in the Justice of the Peace and Sheriff Courts, and the use of alternative prosecutorial actions.

“The Inspector has now provided me with her report and it contains important findings and recommendations which will inform ongoing work of COPFS.“I welcome the report and have accepted all of the Inspectorate’s recommendations. I have instructed my officials that a working group be formed and an action plan developed to implement the recommendations.

”Among the findings was the high success rate (80%) in achieving positive outcomes for 16/17 year olds diverted as an alternative to prosecution.

 You can download the report here.