30 August 2012
Freedom of Information request: COPFS costs - Nasserdine Menni trial
Thank you for your email of 10th July 2012 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) requesting details of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service's costs in relation to the recent trial of Nasserdine Menni at the High Court in Glasgow.
The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service uses a live operational case management system specifically designed to receive criminal and death reports from the Police and other specialist reporting agencies and to manage the cases for prosecution purposes. The information held on the system is structured and coded to meet these operational needs, rather than for statistical reporting or research purposes. It does not record preparation costs against individual cases. It is possible however to ascertain in certain cases some information which has been collated from the outset and is case specific namely payments made in respect of witness expenses and translator costs. In this case I can confirm that such information was collated from the outset and the total paid by COPFS to date in respect of witness payments and the total paid to date in respect of translator costs is £35,082.90.
In addition to this specific information, you may wish to know that the Scottish Government has previously published statistical data including some total cost information on general type and outcome of cases. This can be found using the following link: