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COPFS Staff – Disciplinary Action (1/9/2016) (R013880)

Thank you for your request dated 5 August 2016 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for information contained in the numbers (and positions) of Crown Office staff who have faced disciplinary action, have been suspended, sacked or moved to other duties as a result of disciplinary action from January 2010 to January 2013, and reasons for such action.

I can advise that the total number of staff who have been subject to disciplinary action, been suspended, dismissed or have been moved to other duties as a result of disciplinary action in the period requested is six.

Of the six members of staff referred to above, I can advise that four of those staff members were suspended in the period requested; three were dismissed (two of whom were previously suspended and are also included in the number of staff suspended); and one member of staff was moved.

I consider that the numbers of persons involved is small enough that to provide further details on their positions and the reasons for the action would lead to individuals being identified. I therefore consider that the information you have requested is personal information, exempt from release under Section 38(1)(b) of FOISA.  This is an absolute exemption and I am not required to apply the public interest test.