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News from COPFS

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.

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.