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Judiciary Criminal Offences (25/07/2016) (R013185)


Thank  you  for  your  request  dated  20 May 2016  under  the  Freedom  of  Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for the undernoted information:

“I would like to make a Freedom of Information request for information & discussions relating to how many members of the judiciary were reported to the Crown Office for criminal offences in the past year to the date of this FOI request, what the terms of those complaints/cases/charges were and whether any of the cases were prosecuted or not (reasons why not) & verdicts reached.”

For  clarity,  in  this  letter,  I  am  referring  to  “Judiciary”  as  meaning  the  Lord  President,  the Lord Justice Clerk, Lords of Council and Session, Lords Commissioner of Justiciary, Sheriffs Principal, Sheriffs and Justices of the Peace.

Since  20 May 2015 to the date of your request,  COPFS  have  received  one  report  from  the  Police  in  relation to a member of the Judiciary. Following  careful  consideration  of  the  facts  and circumstances  of  the  case,  proceedings  were  raised in relation to Sections 5(1)(a) and 172(2)(a) and (3) of the Road Traffic Act 1988; and Section 49(1) of the Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 1995  on a  summary  complaint.   Future court dates have been fixed in the Sheriff Court and therefore a verdict remains outstanding.