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Local Offices by Sheriffdom


A map depicting the locations of all Local Court PF Offices is available below:

Map of PF office locations.pdf

 

Grampian, Highlands & Islands

Aberdeen

Banff

Elgin

Fort William

Inverness

Kirkwall

Lerwick

Peterhead

Stornoway

Tain

Wick


North Strathclyde


Ayr  (moved from South Strathclyde)   

Campbeltown

Dumbarton

Dunoon

Greenock

Kilmarnock

Oban

Paisley

 


Tayside, Central & Fife


Alloa

Dundee

Dunfermline

Falkirk

Forfar

Kirkcaldy

Perth

Stirling


South Strathclyde, Dumfries & Galloway


Airdrie

Dumfries

Hamilton

Lanark

Stranraer


Lothian & Borders

Edinburgh

Jedburgh

Livingston

Selkirk


Glasgow & Strathkelvin

Glasgow



National Initial Case Processing Unit


Paisley

Stirling


COPFS Functions

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service is organised into distinct Functions:


High Court Function

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:

  • Aberdeen
  • Dundee
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow

The High Court and the Specialist Casework Functions together are known as Serious Casework.

 

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Local Court Function

Deputy Crown Agent: John Dunn

                                                                                                                       
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Our Local Court function deals with all Summary and Sheriff and Jury cases. This function is managed nationally by two Procurator Fiscals, Liam Murphy and Anthony McGeehan but 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:

  • Glasgow & Strathkelvin
  • Grampian, Highlands & Islands
  • Lothian & Borders
  • North Strathclyde
  • South Strathclyde, Dumfries & Galloway
  • Tayside, Central  & Fife

 

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Operational Support Function

Deputy Crown Agent: John Logue



Our Operational Support function supports the day-to-day business of COPFS providing:

  • Business Services led by Ian Walford, Deputy Chief Executive
  • Policy & Engagement led by Anthony McGeehan, Procurator Fiscal Policy & Engagement.

The Business Services support includes:
  • Business Transformation Delivery
  • Estates & Business Support Services
  • Finance & Procurement
  • HR/People & Learning
  • Information Systems
  • Strategic Development

The Policy & Engagement includes:

  • Media Relations
  • Response and Information Unit
  • Management Information Unit
  • Enquiry Point
  • Criminal Justice Team
  • Knowledge Bank
  • Corporate Communications
  • Victims & Witnesses Team
  • Prosecution Policy Review

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Specialist Casework Function

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:

  • Appeals
  • Criminal Allegations against the Police
  • Health and Safety Crime (including the Helicopter Incident Investigation Team)
  • International Co-operation Unit
  • Proceeds of Crime Unit
  • Scottish Fatalities Investigation Unit   (including Road Traffic Fatalities Unit)
  • Serious and Organised Crime  (including Counter-Terrorism and Economic Crime)
  • Wildlife and Environmental Crime Unit 

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

 

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·         Media Relations

·         Response and Information Unit

·         Management Information Unit

·         Enquiry Point

·         Criminal Justice Team

·         Knowledge Bank

·         Corporate Communications

·         Victims & Witnesses Team

·         Prosecution Policy Review

School projects

School DVD's

I Am Me programme


Keep Safe Ambassadors programme

Action on Sectarianism

Stonewell Scotland Champions programme

National Public Speaking Competition

 

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. 

 

School DVD's

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 programme

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.

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Keep Safe Ambassadors programme

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.

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Action on Sectarianism

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.

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Stonewall Scotland Champions Programme

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.

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National Public Speaking Competition

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. 

 

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All Scottish schools can take part in the annual National Public Speaking Competition. To register your interest, please contact the COPFS Equality & Inclusion team at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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In Your Community

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:

  • High Court
  • Local Court
  • Operational Support
  • Specialist Casework

 

Publications & resources:

‘Our role in your community’ - a 30-minute DVD presentation, will provide the people of Scotland with a clearer understanding of our roles and responsibilities in Scottish society. The five chapters of the free resource can be viewed here: COPFS videos

 

 ‘A guide to Scots Law’ - practical, sensible advice on Scotland’s laws for those coming to live in the country for the first time.

The guide is currently available in 11 languages, including:

Equality & Diversity

Our approach to Equality and Inclusion

Our staff

Legal position

Raising awareness

Policy Work

Access to our services

 

 

Our approach to Equality and Inclusion


Equality and Inclusion is at the forefront of our work and plays an integral part in our attitude and decision making. Strategic direction is set by the Equality and Diversity Strategy Group, which is chaired by the Lord Advocate and includes other senior members of staff. Our work is supported by geographical area equality teams.

Delivery of our work is led by the Equality Board, chaired by the Procurator Fiscal for Local Courts.

The Board reports to the Equality and Diversity Strategy Group which is chaired by Lord Advocate.  In addition, our Equality Champion chairs the Justice Board Equality and Diversity sub group, which includes senior representatives from our partners and is working towards delivering shared criminal justice equality objectives.

We also have an Equality Advisory Group, which comprises independent advisers with professional experience of all aspects of equality and diversity and they provide valuable expertise to inform our policies and practices.

COPFS appointed a team of Equality Ambassadors to represent all the protected characteristics from the Equality Act (2010).  The Equality Ambassadors engage with a variety of external groups throughout Scotland, and provide advice to our staff when dealing with victims and witnesses.

COPFS is also a partner in the Criminal Justice Disability project.  They plan to review disability-related training needs and resources to identify gaps; review communications for people with disabilities; review of complaints received to identify any themes for services provided to people with disabilities; and, take a joined-up approach to the implementation of the Victims and Witnesses Act provisions.  

A Criminal Justice Disability Advisory Group was also created consisting of external equalities representatives to support the work of the project.  Their remit is to ensure that the work carried out by the project is fit for purpose and meets the particular needs of the disability communities.

 

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Our Staff


Staff from across the country are members of our Sheriffdom Equality Networks, which reflect the geographical spread of our staff and offices. These teams play a vital role in developing links with communities and encouraging staff to help address local issues and promote social responsibility and inclusiveness.

COPFS currently has two staff networks: our Staff Disability Advisory Group, which is made up of disabled staff, staff with caring responsibilities and staff with a special interest in disability equality; and, as part of our commitment to sexual orientation and gender identity, we have a dedicated staff network group called Proud in COPFS. 

The Proud network was awarded the 2015 Scottish Network Group of the Year by Stonewall for its continuing support for LGBTI staff and engagement with the wider community.   

 

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Legal Position


The goal of creating a fairer society where everyone can participate and has the opportunity to fulfil their potential is backed up in law. The Equality Act 2010 sets out a general equality duty that required Scottish public authorities to pay “due regard” to the need to:

  • Eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by the Act
  • Advance equality of opportunity between people who share a protected characteristic and those who do not
  • Foster good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and those who do not

 As part of the responsibility to meet these duties, public authorities must publish a set of Equality Outcomes based on evidence and informed by reasonable involvement of equality groups.

 

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Raising awareness


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 DVDs have been produced to explain the role of the procurator fiscal in Scotland and also to highlight issues around hate crime. The Our Role in Your Community DVD highlights the work of fiscals, our role in investigating deaths, COPFS’ specialist functions and our services for victims and witnesses. 

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.

A second film and teaching pack has been produced with North Lanarkshire Council called Just a Laugh?  This short film highlights racism, homophobia and disability hate crime as well as the impact this has on the victims and their families and also the perpetrators.  

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.

COPFS co-hosts the biennial Tackling Prejudice conferences with Police Scotland which set out the progress made in challenging racism, sectarianism and homophobia, while also emphasising that more needs to be done to tackle hate crime against disabled people. The most recent conference was held in March 2016 when First Ministed, Nicola Sturgeon, delivered the keynote speech.

 

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Policy Work


Prosecution policies have been produced for particular community groups. Older victims of crime often have particular needs, and may also be reluctant to report elder abuse. Our guidance for prosecutors highlighted the diversity in older people’s circumstances and the discrimination they can face – sometimes due to factors other than their age, such as ethnicity, gender or disability.  With this in mind, COPFS produced an Older Person’s Policy.

COPFS reviewed its policies and practices after concerns were raised by the transgender community.  We adopted a collaborative approach during the review, while also respecting the principles of equality, fairness and access to justice. The policy sets out particular equality issues for prosecutors to consider, when preparing and presenting prosecutions of accused people who are transgender, and is the first of its kind in Europe.  We are now in the early stages of developing a policy for transgender and non-binary victims and witnesses.

 

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Access to our services 


Equal access to the criminal justice system must be available to all. COPFS plays its part in removing barriers to accessing the justice system and our services.  As well as promoting access to the justice system, we must also ensure our services - buildings and information are accessible to diverse communities. 

In the last year, we have begun to translate some of our publications into Easy Read format to assist people with learning difficulties to understand our roles and responsibilities and also their rights and entitlements.  Examples of this are our Deaths Booklet, access to information for Victims and Witnesses and a series of booklets about the Scottish criminal justice system which covers the main organisations involved. 

We are also working with our criminal justice partners to ensure that those accused of a crime, and victims and witnesses have access to high quality interpreting and translation services.  To promote our membership of the Happy to Translate (HTT) scheme, posters have been issued to all COPFS reception areas and are now on our website. The HTT logo has been added to our letterheads, publications and leaflets. 

Our website contains information about access to our offices for those with mobility, visual and hearing impairments.  We regularly review and update this section of the website. 

Please visit our Equality and Diversity Publications page for Reports and meeting minutes.

We also have a dedicated page for Schools and Colleges which gives information about learning products we have created with partner organisations.

 

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Our Offices

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 Scotland.