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News from COPFS

Working together to tackle sexual offences

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service is bringing together experts working in the field of sexual offences for a major conference at Hampden. 

Lord Advocate hosts Cold Case Conference

The Lord Advocate is hosting an International conference on Cold Cases bringing together world experts in this area of work.

Cyber Crime Awareness Seminar

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) are hosting a seminar on Cyber Crime Awareness which is aimed at people who are aged 50 years and older, to raise awareness of cyber scamming.

The seminar is taking place in the Central Library in Edinburgh on Thursday 12 November 2015 at 2pm.

Domestic Abuse Charges Reported in 2014-15

COPFS figures published today (4 November 2015) show that domestic abuse continues to be a significant issue in Scotland and prosecutors dealt with over 36,000 charges reported by Police Scotland in the year 2014-15.

Engaging with communities to tackle hate crime

COPFS and Police Scotland last night hosted an Edinburgh LGBT community event of discussion and engagement to listen to people’s experiences of hate crime and the criminal justice system.

COPFS and police to host Edinburgh LGBT community event

COPFS and Police Scotland will host an Edinburgh LGBT community event of discussion and engagement to listen to people’s experiences of hate crime and the criminal justice system. The ultimate aim is to help make the city a safer place and if successful similar events could be rolled out across Scotland. 

Extra help for vulnerable witnesses in Court

From today, 1 September, vulnerable witnesses in Scotland will have greater protection with new provisions of the Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2014 coming into force. This includes enhanced special measures to support them when giving evidence in Court.

The Glasgow bin lorry crash - The decision not to prosecute the driver


1. Crown Counsel decided that the driver of the Glasgow City Council bin lorry which collided with and killed six people in Queen Street and George Square, Glasgow, on 22 December 2014, should not be prosecuted.

2. This decision was taken after full and careful consideration of all the evidence relevant to criminal responsibility and was made on the basis that there was insufficient evidence to show that he had committed a criminal offence.

3 years imprisonment after man found guilty of trafficking workers from Bangladesh

A 47–year-old man has been sentenced to 3 years imprisonment, having been found guilty of human trafficking.

Shamsul Arefin carried out his crimes between 2008 and 2010 when he was the owner of the Stewart Hotel near Appin in Argyll.

COPFS recognised as a champion of equality and inclusion

COPFS has been awarded the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (enei) Team of the Year Award 2015 for its “outstanding contribution to delivering change within the field of equality and inclusion, and the positive impact this had on organisational success”.