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New guidelines to help refugees

New prosecution guidelines, designed to protect refugees fleeing persecution, have been introduced by Scotland’s Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland QC.

COPFS, Police Scotland and Scottish Borders LGBT Equality host LGBT community event

COPFS, Police Scotland and Scottish Borders LGBT Equality last night hosted an LGBT community event of discussion and engagement to listen to people’s experiences of hate crime and the criminal justice system.

Crown welcomes Sheriff’s call for review

The Crown welcomes Sheriff Beckett’s determination following the fatal accident inquiry into the tragic deaths of the six people who died when a bin lorry crashed in Glasgow city centre last year.

Working together to tackle sexual offences

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service is bringing together experts working in the field of sexual offences for a major conference at Hampden. 

Lord Advocate hosts Cold Case Conference

The Lord Advocate is hosting an International conference on Cold Cases bringing together world experts in this area of work.

Cyber Crime Awareness Seminar

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) are hosting a seminar on Cyber Crime Awareness which is aimed at people who are aged 50 years and older, to raise awareness of cyber scamming.

The seminar is taking place in the Central Library in Edinburgh on Thursday 12 November 2015 at 2pm.

Domestic Abuse Charges Reported in 2014-15

COPFS figures published today (4 November 2015) show that domestic abuse continues to be a significant issue in Scotland and prosecutors dealt with over 36,000 charges reported by Police Scotland in the year 2014-15.

Engaging with communities to tackle hate crime

COPFS and Police Scotland last night hosted an Edinburgh LGBT community event of discussion and engagement to listen to people’s experiences of hate crime and the criminal justice system.

COPFS and police to host Edinburgh LGBT community event

COPFS and Police Scotland will host an Edinburgh LGBT community event of discussion and engagement to listen to people’s experiences of hate crime and the criminal justice system. The ultimate aim is to help make the city a safer place and if successful similar events could be rolled out across Scotland. 

Extra help for vulnerable witnesses in Court

From today, 1 September, vulnerable witnesses in Scotland will have greater protection with new provisions of the Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2014 coming into force. This includes enhanced special measures to support them when giving evidence in Court.