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News from COPFS

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.

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.