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Joining international action to end violence against women

COPFS is playing its part to help raise awareness of the prevalence of all forms of gender-based violence and to galvanise action to end violence against women in our own communities and around the world.

Strong European justice co-operation must continue

The Lord Advocate, James Wolffe QC, is in Brussels to meet with Members of the European Parliament, including a number of Scottish MEPs and the Chair of the Legal Affairs Committee.  He will also meet with the Belgian Federal Prosecutor’s Office and the Joint Law Societies Office in Brussels. Writing for European publication ‘Euractive’ he said that strong European justice co-operation must continue. His article is published in full below.

Domestic abuse continues to be a significant issue in Scotland

COPFS figures published today show that domestic abuse continues to be a significant issue in Scotland.  Prosecutors dealt with over 34,000 charges reported by Police Scotland in the year 2015-16.

COPFS proud to play its part in tackling disability hate crime

The Solicitor General for Scotland, Alison Di Rollo QC supported Police Scotland’s launch of the ‘I Am Me Cinebus’ which will be used to visit schools and communities across the country, to raise awareness and educate groups of all ages, on disability hate crime.

Lord Advocate’s personal pledge on Hate Crime

The Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC has marked UK Hate Crime Awareness Week by sending a strong message to those who engage in this abhorrent behaviour that they will face the full force of the law.

Solicitor General appointed to Queen’s Counsel

The Solicitor General, Alison Di Rollo, has been appointed as Queen’s Counsel by Her Majesty the Queen on the recommendation of the First Minister.

Pursuing criminals on a global scale

Scotland’s reach in pursuing criminals is on a truly global scale and its prosecution service is well-placed to identify, apprehend and prosecute all those who seek to profit from crime.

Developing positive relationships with Japan’s prosecution service

Mr Hiromu Kurokawa, Deputy Vice-Minister of Justice, Ministry of Justice, Japan, today met with the Solicitor General for Scotland, Alison Di Rollo and the COPFS Crown Agent, David Harvie.

Bribery self-reporting initiative extended until 2017

The Lord Advocate has extended the self-reporting initiative, by which businesses who uncover bribery in their organisations can proactively notify the Crown Office, for a further year.

The initiative, which was first launched on 1 July 2011, will now run until 30 June 2017.*

Edinburgh man sentenced for online drug dealing and hacking

An Edinburgh computer hacker and ‘dark web’ drug dealer was yesterday sentenced to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £17,000 compensation at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.