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Community Payback order for Elgin care home worker who assaulted residents

An assistant at an Elgin nursing home has been ordered to carry out 240 of hours of unpaid work under a Community Payback Order after being convicted of assaulting two elderly residents.

Fernhill School wins COPFS National Public Speaking Competition 2016

Last night, Glasgow’s Fernhill School were crowned winners of the 2016 COPFS National Public Speaking Competition in an exciting final held in the grand setting of Parliament House, on Edinburgh’s historic High Street.

New Law Officers appointed

James Wolffe QC has been recommended by the First Minister for the post of Lord Advocate, succeeding Frank Mulholland QC.  

Senior Advocate Depute Alison Di Rollo has been recommended for the post Solicitor General.

Update – Investigation into RBS

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service has issued a statement to update on the investigation into RBS.

The Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland QC, has confirmed that he will step down following May’s election

Mr Mulholland has informed the First Minister of his intention to leave the post.

David Harvie appointed to the role of Crown Agent

David Harvie has been appointed to the role of Crown Agent, Head of Scotland's Prosecution Service.
David is a Solicitor Advocate and is currently PF for the West of Scotland.

Lord Advocate attends Human Trafficking Summit

The Lord Advocate today attended a summit on Human Trafficking hosted by the Director of Public Prosecution for England and Wales at the Crown Prosecution Service, London.

At this summit the heads of the Prosecution Services from the United Kingdom signed a series of Commitments in relation to the prosecution of Human Trafficking cases.

First meeting of multi-agency domestic abuse initiative for the East of Scotland

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) and Police Scotland have today brought together representatives from a number of agencies in the East of Scotland as part of an Equalities Network initiative to build awareness and confidence in reporting domestic abuse across diverse communities, with a particular focus on women from minority ethnic communities, to make them aware of their rights and how the criminal justice system and other agencies can assist them.

Crown Agent named in New Year's Honours List

The Crown Agent has thanked staff for their work and dedication after she was named in the New Year’s Honours List.

Catherine Dyer has been made CBE for her services to law and order. 

No place for domestic abuse over the festive period

We all have our own traditions which we follow at Christmas and New Year but there are common themes which we associate with this festive period including time off from work and school, the giving and receiving of gifts, families and loved ones coming together to celebrate and fun times for children. Sadly for too many families affected by the scourge of domestic abuse, this time of year can be anything but relaxing, happy or peaceful and one of the bad traditions we’ve come to recognise has been the notable increase in domestic abuse incidents generally occurring during this period.