The Lord Advocate is required, along with the Chief Constable of Police Scotland, the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS), the Scottish Prison Service and the Parole Board for Scotland, to publish standards of service for victims and witnesses each year and to publish an annual report in relation to the fulfilment of those standards of service.
Following any sudden death in Scotland, an inquiry is launched to establish the cause of death and to formally identify the deceased.
COPFS has been named top public sector employer in Scotland for the fifth year running and 15th overall in the UK in the 2018 Stonewall UK Workplace Equality Index.
A memorandum of understanding has been signed between the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service and Rape Crisis Scotland to help improve the criminal justice system for sexual crime victims.
COPFS are core participants in the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.
On 28 November 2017 we appeared before the Inquiry to make our opening statement.
As part of the prosecution service’s contribution to the 2017 Hate Crime Awareness campaign we highlighted the commitment to tackling hate crime in Scottish society.
Today we focus on the importance of having a workplace culture that is inclusive of everyone.
At the start of the 2017 Hate Crime Awareness campaign the Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC has reiterated his warning to those who engage in such abhorrent behaviour that they will face the full force of the law.
New powers to seize criminal gains are increasingly disruptive to serious organised crime, the Lord Advocate has said. Recent changes to the law, and new powers coming into effect in January, are making it easier to seize money, assets and property from serious criminals.