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British Sign Language and the Scottish justice system

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service is a member of the National Advisory Group working on the draft British Sign Language (BSL) National Plan 2017-2023. The Scottish Government’s consultation on the plan is now open.

Proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 Employer 2017

COPFS has been ranked 13th in the Stonewall 'Top 100 Employers' list for 2017.

Review of victim care in the justice sector in Scotland

The Lord Advocate, James Wolffe QC has welcomed the publication today of the ‘Review of victim care in the justice sector in Scotland’.

Joining international action to end violence against women

COPFS is playing its part to help raise awareness of the prevalence of all forms of gender-based violence and to galvanise action to end violence against women in our own communities and around the world.

Strong European justice co-operation must continue

The Lord Advocate, James Wolffe QC, is in Brussels to meet with Members of the European Parliament, including a number of Scottish MEPs and the Chair of the Legal Affairs Committee.  He will also meet with the Belgian Federal Prosecutor’s Office and the Joint Law Societies Office in Brussels. Writing for European publication ‘Euractive’ he said that strong European justice co-operation must continue. His article is published in full below.

Domestic abuse continues to be a significant issue in Scotland

COPFS figures published today show that domestic abuse continues to be a significant issue in Scotland.  Prosecutors dealt with over 34,000 charges reported by Police Scotland in the year 2015-16.

COPFS proud to play its part in tackling disability hate crime

The Solicitor General for Scotland, Alison Di Rollo QC supported Police Scotland’s launch of the ‘I Am Me Cinebus’ which will be used to visit schools and communities across the country, to raise awareness and educate groups of all ages, on disability hate crime.

Lord Advocate’s personal pledge on Hate Crime

The Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC has marked UK Hate Crime Awareness Week by sending a strong message to those who engage in this abhorrent behaviour that they will face the full force of the law.

Solicitor General appointed to Queen’s Counsel

The Solicitor General, Alison Di Rollo, has been appointed as Queen’s Counsel by Her Majesty the Queen on the recommendation of the First Minister.

Pursuing criminals on a global scale

Scotland’s reach in pursuing criminals is on a truly global scale and its prosecution service is well-placed to identify, apprehend and prosecute all those who seek to profit from crime.