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News from COPFS

Crown applies to retry Sean Flynn under Double Jeopardy legislation

The Lord Advocate, James Wolffe QC has applied to the High Court for authority under the Double Jeopardy (Scotland) Act 2011 to set aside the acquittal of Sean Flynn and prosecute him again for the murder of Louise Tiffney in 2002.

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.


Domestic abuse and stalking charges for 2017-18 published

COPFS figures published today show that prosecutors dealt with over 30,000 domestic abuse charges and over 1500 stalking charges reported by Police Scotland in the year 2017-18. 

Criminal Justice Disability Project Report published

A Criminal Justice Disability Project (CJDP) was set up by the Justice Board to promote and enable accessibility of service across the criminal justice sector in Scotland for people with disabilities. The final report of the CJDP is now published by the member organisations.

Freedom of Information Register

A weekly register of Freedom of Information & Environmental Information Requests which have had information provided in a full or partial response in the previous week is now published on this website.

Privacy Notice Update

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service has updated privacy notices. 

COPFS revised policy on dealing with reluctant complainers in cases of rape and other serious sexual offending

Standards of Service for Victims & Witnesses – Annual Report

The Lord Advocate is required, along with the Chief Constable of Police Scotland, the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS), 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 of service.

COPFS' Process for Disaster Victim Identification

Following any sudden death in Scotland, an inquiry is launched to establish the cause of death and to formally identify the deceased. 

Oban Procurator Fiscal's Office relocation

The Oban Procurator Fiscal's office will close on Friday, 23 February 2018.  From 26 February 2018 all business will transfer to Oban Sheriff Court.