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Compensation Claims

9 July 2013

Freedom of Information Request: Compensation Claims

Thank you for your email of 29 March 2013, under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) including the following request

  •  For the past five years, up to the end of 2012/13 (ie March 31, 2013), a list, year-by-year, of the numbers of compensation/damages claims against the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service for alleged wrongful arrest of witnesses or victims of crimes/alleged crimes, due to applications - by fiscals, advocate deputes, or representatives of the Crown - to courts for arrest warrants.

Firstly I have considered your request for a list, year by year of the number of compensation/damages claims against COPFS for alleged wrongful arrest of witnesses or victims of crimes and details of those incidents, including any amount paid and provision of brief details in each instance.

l am satisfied that l can disclose some of the information requested. The claims were settled and the details are noted in the table below.

Table

Year

Number of cases in Year

Type of Cases

Forum of Court

Victim or Witness

2008

0

n/a

n/a

n/a

2009

2

1 Murder case

High Court

Witness

1 Assault case

Sheriff Court

Witness

2010

1

1 Assault case

Sheriff Court

Witness

2011

0

n/a

n/a

n/a

2012

2

1 Road Traffic case

Sheriff Court

Witness

1 Assault case

Sheriff Court

Victim

2013

2

1 Murder case

High Court

Witness

1 Theft case

Sheriff Court

Victim