A map depicting the locations of all Local Court PF Offices is available below:
|Grampian, Highlands & Islands
Ayr (moved from South Strathclyde)
|Tayside, Central & Fife
|South Strathclyde, Dumfries & Galloway
|Lothian & Borders
|Glasgow & Strathkelvin
|National Initial Case Processing Unit
The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service is organised into distinct Functions:
Deputy Crown Agent: Lindsey Miller
Our High Court function deals with the most serious cases, for example homicide, major crime, sex offences and cold cases. The Procurator Fiscal for High Court is Stephen McGowan. This Function is managed nationally and deals with cases for the whole of Scotland through the High Court Function in COPFS Headquarters in Crown Office Edinburgh and four hubs based in:
The High Court and the Specialist Casework Functions together are known as Serious Casework.
Deputy Crown Agent: John Dunn
Our Local Court function deals with all Summary and Sheriff and Jury cases. This function is managed by two Procurator Fiscals, Catriona Dalyrmple for the North and East of Scotland and Ruth McQuaid, West of Scotland. Local Court is delivered locally through a geographical structure based on the six Sheriffdoms and their associated Criminal Justice Boards. National Initial Case Processing is also part of the Local Court function.
Each of our Sheriffdom Business Units is headed by a senior prosecutor who has responsibility for all cases prosecuted in Justice of the Peace and Sheriff Courts within that Business Unit. These Sheriffdoms are:
Deputy Crown Agent: John Logue
Our Operational Support function supports the day-to-day business of COPFS providing:
The Policy & Engagement includes:
Deputy Crown Agent: Lindsey Miller
Our Specialist Casework Function comprises a number of specialist units involved in the delivery of case preparation and the provision of other legal services in support of COPFS core functions where the nature, size and/or complexity of the case or subject matter means that it is most effectively dealt with within Specialist Casework. This Function is managed nationally by Liam Murphy, Procurator Fiscal Specialist Casework, but delivered from various locations throughout Scotland.
The Specialist Casework units are:
The Civil Recovery Unit also sits within Specialist Casework.
The Specialist Casework and the High Court Functions together are known as Serious Casework.
Contact details, addresses and maps showing locations of COPFS offices are shown on the Our Offices page.
You can find out more about our Sheriffdom Business Units and National Initial Case Processing here.
Raising awareness of our role and responsibilities as Scotland’s prosecution service is central to building confidence in our commitment to equality. As a result, much of what we do is focused on working with communities and in schools.
A number of DVD's have been produced to explain the role of the procurator fiscal in Scotland and also to highlight issues around hate crime.
A film and teaching pack has been produced with North Lanarkshire Council called Just a Laugh? This short film, which is available to watch below, highlights racism, homophobia and disability hate crime, as well as the impact this has on the victims and their families and also the perpetrators.
The hard-hitting anti-sectarian short film,Them and Us – which featured sectarianism, fire raising, murder and imprisonment – was created in partnership with North Lanarkshire secondary students.
The DVD has been promoted to education authorities and other youth groups across Scotland including Youthlink Scotland. A teaching pack was devised to support this DVD and is in use as part of the Curriculum for Excellence in Scottish schools.
I Am Me is an award winning community project which works in partnership with Police Scotland and COPFS to raise awareness of Disability Hate Crime (recognised as one of the most under report crimes in the UK). It has a number of primary and secondary school training packs available to download from its web site.
This has been developed in partnership with the I Am Me project, Police Scotland and COPFS to offer young people the opportunity to become Keep Safe Ambassadors within both their school and the wider community. Training is provided that encourages young people to recognise bullying and harassment and enable them to report incidents safely. The programme is open to young people in Scotland aged 14-18 years.
This public web site was created by YouthLink Scotland, with support from Scottish Government, and is a "one-stop-shop" for information and advice about sectarianism in Scotland and efforts to tackle it. The site has different portals for children, young people, adults and partner organisations.
COPFS is a member of Stonewall Scotland and is currently ranked 25 out of 400 employers on their Workplace Equality Index. Stonewall Scotland has developed a Champions programme for both primary and secondary schools to support young people who are LGBTI and to help tackle offensive behaviour towards members of LGBTI communities.
Other work in schools includes our National Public Speaking Competition, which aims to raise the level of public debate in secondary schools on equality and diversity issues culminating in a national final. The number of schools participating in the competition has risen from 12 in 2014 to over 50 in 2016.
Glasgow’s Fernhill School, representing the West of Scotland, were recently 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. Below you can see a picture of the winning team, along with the other participating teams; Kirkcaldy High School (East of Scotland) and Speyside High School (North of Scotland), surrounded by the Competition's judges.
We have Procurator Fiscal offices which provide services to communities around Scotland. Our headquarters are based at the Crown Office in Edinburgh.
We have prioritised some categories of crimes due to their impact on communities and we carry out a range of other activities in local areas.
COPFS is organised into Functions:
COPFS has 49 local offices in towns and cities around the country. They are grouped into three regional federations – east, north and west. Specialist teams of prosecutors and Victim Information and Advice staff are also based at offices in different parts of