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News from COPFS

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.

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.