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Judiciary reported for Criminal Offences (R010423)

Freedom of Information: Judiciary reported for Criminal Offences (R010423)

Thank you for your request dated 22 May 2015 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).”

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 22 May 2014, COPFS have received one report from the Police in relation to members of the Judiciary.  This report relates to a Justice of the Peace being reported for an offence of assault to injury.  Following careful consideration of the facts and circumstances of the case, proceedings were raised on summary complaint in the Sheriff Court for assault to injury.  The subject of the report has resigned as a Justice of the Peace.