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COPFS Staff – Charges and Prosecutions (1/9/2016) (R013881)

Thank you for your request dated 5 August 2016 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for information contained in how many COPFS staff have been charged with criminal offences (& what were the charges), have been prosecuted (on what charges & verdict), or had criminal charges or prosecutions against them dropped between the period January 2010 to November 2013.

I attach a link to Paragraph 1.11 of the Book of Regulations which is published on the COPFS website which outlines how cases in which members of staff of the Procurator Fiscal Service are dealt with by COPFS where they are an accused, or potential accused. As you will note all such cases are reported to Crown Office for Crown Counsel’s instructions on whether or not to take proceedings:

Between January 2010 and November 2013, we retain records showing 15 cases reported to COPFS containing allegations of criminal offences by COPFS staff.  Court proceedings were taken in four of those cases, eight cases were dealt with by non-court disposal and no proceedings were taken in three cases.

The charges brought against staff include assault; road traffic offences; breach of the peace and computer misuse.

Guilty verdicts were recorded in the four cases where court proceedings were raised.