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News from COPFS

Relocation of Inverness Procurator Fiscal’s Office

The Inverness Procurator Fiscal's office officially relocated to the Inverness Justice Centre on 6 July 2020.

Hate Crime in Scotland, 2019-20

An Official Statistics publication for Scotland

A report on Hate Crime in Scotland 2019-20 was published today. This brings together figures on race crime, and on crime motivated by prejudice related to religion, disability, sexual orientation and transgender identity. 

COPFS revises sensitive personal records policy

THE Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service has revised its internal policy on the recovery of sensitive personal records of rape victims for use as evidence.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): information for bereaved families

The death of a loved one is an upsetting and distressing time. COPFS is sensitive to the needs of bereaved relatives and we appreciate that they may have further questions in light of the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Revised guidance on reporting of deaths during coronavirus outbreak

On May 13 2020 the Lord Advocate, James Wolffe QC, provided an update to the Scottish Parliament on arrangements for the reporting of deaths during the Covid-19/coronavirus outbreak.

Derek Ogg QC

THE Law Officers have paid tribute to former advocate depute Derek Ogg QC, who has died at the age of 65.

Update from the Lord Advocate on death investigations and coronavirus

As Lord Advocate I remain constitutionally responsible for the investigation of sudden, unexpected and unexplained deaths in Scotland throughout the coronavirus pandemic. This work is done on my behalf, with expertise and professionalism, by dedicated staff of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS).

Statement from the Lord Advocate on oversight of temporary police powers

THE Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC has welcomed the formation of an independent group to provide additional oversight of use of temporary police powers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Threat to Police and front-line workers will not be tolerated

THE Lord Advocate has reiterated the Crown's commitment that any reported person who deliberately coughs or spits at Police officers or other front-line workers during the coronavirus emergency will be dealt with robustly by Scotland's prosecution service.

Joint statement from Lord Advocate and Chief Constable

SCOTLAND’S Lord Advocate and Chief Constable of Police Scotland have set clear priorities for the investigation and prosecution of crime as measures to tackle the Covid-19 outbreak come in to force.