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High Court Prosecutors(30/12/2016) (R014893)

Thank you for your request dated 1 December 2016 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for the undernoted information: 

“How long do you have to serve to be appointed as a high court prosecutor?  

What training is provided to high court fiscals before they start work in the highest court? 

All all high court prosecutors appointed by the Lord Advocate or are recommendations made from within Crown Office? 

Who were the last 20 high court deputies to be appointed? 

How did they come to be appointed? Were they approached from within Crown office? If so, by who? 

Were they interviews? What training were they given?” 

High Court Prosecutors are part of the Advocate Depute team in COPFS and when any vacancies arise in that team, they are advertised both internally and externally and expressions of interest are invited to be submitted. 

Appointments are open to practicing members of the Faculty of Advocates, Solicitor Advocates and members of the COPFS who have not less that five years post qualifying experience of legal practice in Scotland, whether as an advocate or as a Solicitor. 

To prosecute in the High Court, a Solicitor must hold rights of audience in the High Court.    

Following a selection process, the Lord Advocate will make appointments. 

Recorded information is not held in relation to training to prosecute in the High Court, and accordingly in terms of Section 17 of FOISA, this information is not held.

For your information, I attach at Annex A a list of the current Advocate Deputes.  I consider that information in relation to the terms of their appointment, interviews and individual training needs is exempt from release in terms of Section 38(1)(b) of FOISA.  This exemption applies because the information is personal data of a third party and disclosing it would contravene the data protection principles in Schedule 1 to the Data Protection Act 1998. This is an absolute exemption and is not subject to the public interest test.
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