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Lord Advocate welcomes new Advocate Depute appointments

The Lord Advocate has announced changes with the Crown Counsel team.

Lord Advocate welcomes publication of review into prosecution of criminal allegations against police

The publication of a review into how the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service manages criminal allegations against the police has been welcomed by the Lord Advocate.

Domestic Abuse and Stalking charges in Scotland, 2020-21

An Official Statistics publication for Scotland

Clara Ponsati extradition hearing 26 August 2021

The Lord Advocate has a statutory responsibility to act on behalf of authorities who make extradition requests through the Scottish courts. The thorough and proper execution of these responsibilities is essential to the rule of law and preservation of Scottish interests in its relationships with other international jurisdictions.

Law Officer arrangements for ongoing litigation

The Lord Advocate has written to the convenor of the Criminal Justice Committee setting out Law Officer arrangements for the future conduct of litigation following the prosecution of individuals in respect of the acquisition and administration of Rangers Football Club.

Lord Advocate vows to act independently as she is sworn in

Scotland’s new Law Officers have been sworn in at a ceremony at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

Hate Crime in Scotland, 2020-21

An Official Statistics publication for Scotland

A report on Hate Crime in Scotland 2020-21 was published today. This brings together figures on race crime, and on crime motivated by prejudice related to religion, disability, sexual orientation and transgender identity.

Apology – Mr Imran Ahmad and Mr Charles Green

Statement from the Lord Advocate:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): information for those due to attend court

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to have a significant impact on the Scottish criminal justice system. COPFS is working closely with justice partners and with Scottish Government on measures which will support the fair and effective administration of justice whilst respecting the public health guidance which has been issued.

Public consultation on Lord Advocate’s Codes of Practice on interview and identification

Today COPFS launches two public consultations on new Codes of Practice on interview and identification of persons suspected of committing offences.