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Guidelines regarding private prosecutions and disclosure and self-representation (R015656)

 Thank you for your email of 17 March where you requested the following information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA):

1. Please provide all documentation the Crown has about Crown procedures / about all crown prosecutor guidelines of them dealing with private persons representing themselves at the High court in a criminal trial.
2. Please provide all documentation the Crown has about Crown procedures / about all crown prosecutor guidelines in regards to when a private person representing themselves at the High court in a criminal trial is requesting disclosure and if they want to serve a 7 days formal notice on the Crown requesting disclosure. 3. Please provide all documentation the Crown has about Crown procedures / about all crown prosecutor guidelines in regards to when a private person representing themselves at the High court in a criminal trial is requesting to view crown productions [evidence].

I have interpreted this to mean information held by the Crown (i.e. not documents) about procedure/guidelines for self-representation.

With reference to your request namely 1 & 3, I consider that the information you have requested is exempt under Section 25 of FOISA as it is already reasonably accessible to you elsewhere. This can be found on the COPFS website under Publications in particular the page on "Prosecution, Policy and Guidance". I attach a link for your information: http://www.copfs.gov.uk/publications

With regard to your question number 2, about disclosure to person who is representing themselves, again this is exempt under Section 25 of FOISA as it is already reasonably accessible to you. This can be found on the COPFS website under Publications in particular the page on Disclosure Manual, chapter 23 contains the relevant information you require. I attach a link for your information: http://www.crownoffice.gov.uk/publications/prosecution-policy-and-guidance?showall=&start=2