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Responses we have made to FOI requests

Statistics in relation to Protection from Abuse (Sc) Act 2001 and Domestic Abuse (Sc) Act 2011

6 June 2012

Freedom of Information Request: Statistics in relation to Protection from Abuse (Sc) Act 2001 and Domestic Abuse (Sc) Act 2011

"We are seeking to quantify the impact the Act has had in protecting victims of domestic abuse, and wonder if Crown Office would be able to provide the following statistical information:

Figures for the money received from the proceeds of crime broken down by year and reporting agency

1 June 2012

Freedom of Information Request: Figures for the money received from the proceeds of crime broken down by year and reporting agency.

How many cases were abandoned or suspended as a result of Cadder

31 May 2012

Freedom of Information Request: How many cases were abandoned or suspended as a result of Cadder (ie since the original ruling)?

Thank you for your request dated 3 May 2012 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) in which you requested the following information:-

Charges under Emergency Workers (Scotland) Act 2005

24 May 2012

FOI REQUEST: Charges under Emergency Workers (Scotland) Act 2005 in the last five years - South Ayrshire

ATTACKS ON EMERGENCY WORKERS IN SOUTH AYRSHIRE

Thank you for your request dated 11 May 2012 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) in which you requested the following information -

How many people from South Ayrshire have been charged under the Emergency Workers (Scotland) Act 2005 in the last five years?

How many people from South Ayrshire have been issued fiscal fines under the Emergency Workers (Scotland) Act 2005 in the last five years?

How many people from South Ayrshire have been convicted under the Emergency Workers (Scotland) Act 2005 in the last five years?

Number of cases marked for no further proceedings/for no further action in specific categories

24 May 2012

Freedom of Information Request: Number of cases marked for no further proceedings/for no further action in specific categories

Thank you for your e-mail dated 26 April 2012 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) in which you seek the following information:

"Please disclose the number of cases marked for no further proceedings in the following categories in the last 12 months – broken down by year and disclosing the nature of the offences alleged that have been marked for no further action in each category:

  • Delay by Police or other Reporting Agency
  • Delay by the Procurator Fiscal
  • Further Action Disproportionate
  • Lack of Court Resources
  • Not a crime
  • Procurator Fiscal staff shortages

Cases Marked “No Action”

Freedom of Information: Cases Marked "No Action"

Thank you for your e-mail dated 26 April 2012 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) in which you seek the following information:

"Please disclose the number of cases marked for no further in the following categories in the last 12 months – broken down by year and disclosing the nature of the offences alleged that have been marked for no further action in each category:

  • Delay by Police or other Reporting Agency
  • Delay by the Procurator Fiscal
  • Further Action Disproportionate
  • Lack of Court Resources
  • Not a crime
  • Procurator Fiscal staff shortages"

The running costs of the Civil Recovery Unit and resources committed in COPFS to asset recovery

16 May 2012

Freedom of Information Request: The running costs of the Civil Recovery Unit and resources committed in COPFS to asset recovery

Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act ("FOISA") dated 14 May 2012 seeking the following information:

For each of the financial years since 2003/4:

  • The running costs of the Civil Recovery Unit
  • The resources committed by the Serious and Organised Crime Division or any other part of COPFS to asset recovery

The information called by COPFS which falls within the ambit of your request is contained in the table below – this includes staffing costs, case related expenditure (including witness expenses) and consultants' fees. When you have asked about the resources committed by the Serious and Organised Crime Division or any other part of COPFS to asset recovery, we have taken that to mean the costs associated with the Proceeds of Crime Unit (POCU) within the Serious and Organised Crime Division whose remit is to deal with all aspects of restraint and confiscation under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002:

Information about Press Officers employed by COPFS

9 May 2012

Freedom of Information Request: Information about Press Officers employed by COPFS

Thank you for your email of 8 April 2012 in which you made a freedom of information request for the following information:

Break down of victims' ages under the Sexual Offences Scotland Act (SOSA) 2009

24 April 2012

FOI REQUEST: Break down of victims' ages under the Sexual Offences Scotland Act (SOSA) 2009

Thank you for your request dated 10 April 2012 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) in which you requested an age break down of victims under the Sexual Offences Scotland Act (SOSA) 2009.

Instructions on not leading evidence based on admissions in interviews during detention unless required for sufficiency

20 April 2012

Freedom of Information Request: Instructions on not leading evidence based on admissions in interviews during detention unless required for sufficiency

Thank you for your request dated 14 March 2012 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) in which you requested "When (date specific) did the Lord Advocate issue instructions to prosecutors not to lead evidence based on admissions in interviews during detention unless required for sufficiency?"

I can advise that on 7 April 2009 the Lord Advocate issued guidance to prosecutors that where a suspect detained in terms of Section 14 of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995, had not been offered access to a solicitor, evidence should only be led of admissions where it was essential for sufficiency or where admissions significantly enhanced the quality of the evidence.

On 31 May 2010, the guidance issued by the Lord Advocate was amended. The revised guidance to prosecutors was that admissions given by the suspect without access to a solicitor in advance of or at interview should only be led in evidence where they were absolutely essential to sufficiency.