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COPFS tops Stonewall Scottish public sector list

COPFS has been named top public sector employer in Scotland for the fifth year running and 15th overall in the UK in the 2018 Stonewall UK Workplace Equality Index.

Improving the criminal justice experience for sexual crime victims

A memorandum of understanding has been signed between the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service and Rape Crisis Scotland to help improve the criminal justice system for sexual crime victims.

COPFS opening statement to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry

COPFS are core participants in the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.

On 28 November 2017 we appeared before the Inquiry to make our opening statement.

Falkirk Procurator Fiscal's office closed on 17 November 2017

The Falkirk Procurator Fiscal's office closed on 17 November 2017 for refurbishment and will reopen in spring 2018.
From 20 November 2017 all business transferred to the Stirling Procurator Fiscal's office.

A workplace culture that is inclusive of everyone

As part of the prosecution service’s contribution to the 2017 Hate Crime Awareness campaign we highlighted the commitment to tackling hate crime in Scottish society.

Today we focus on the importance of having a workplace culture that is inclusive of everyone.

A warning to hate crime offenders

At the start of the 2017 Hate Crime Awareness campaign the Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC has reiterated his warning to those who engage in such abhorrent behaviour that they will face the full force of the law.

Stronger powers to seize criminal gains

New powers to seize criminal gains are increasingly disruptive to serious organised crime, the Lord Advocate has said. Recent changes to the law, and new powers coming into effect in January, are making it easier to seize money, assets and property from serious criminals.

In a time of change

In the public interest: maintaining the rule of law and the interests of justice in a time of change” was the theme of the Lord Advocate James Wolffe’s speech to the 2017 Law Society Annual Conference, Glasgow on 19 September.

COPFS and Police Scotland issue joint statement on Smyllum Park Home

COPFS and Police Scotland recognise the level of public concern following media reports about Smyllum Park Home, including reports that children were buried in unmarked graves.

Prosecution in the Public Interest

The Lord Advocate, James Wolffe QC, delivered the Apex Scotland annual lecture on the subject of “Prosecution in the Public Interest”.