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Lord Advocate to collect award for top public sector employer in Scotland

The Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC will tonight accept an award on behalf of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) who were named as Scotland’s public sector champion in the 2017 Stonewall UK Workplace Equality Index.

This is the fourth year running that COPFS have been top in the public sector and follows on from being placed 13th out of more than 400 organisations in UK at the national ceremony in London last month in January.

Beginning in 2004, the Stonewall WEI measures how supportive and inclusive companies and organisations are with regard to equality for their LGBTI staff.

Speaking ahead of a ceremony at the Mound in Edinburgh tonight, the Lord Advocate said:

"I am very proud to learn that the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service has been identified in Stonewall's Workplace Equality Index as the top public sector organisation in Scotland. This is the fourth time that COPFS has received this accolade.

“It reflects the work which has been done since COPFS first became a member of the Stonewall Diversity Champion programme in 2005, but we are not complacent. We will continue to work with colleagues in the criminal justice system to improve access to justice for the LGBTI community and to promote inclusion within the workplace.

"The recognition of the Service in this Index reflects its commitment to developing and sustaining a diverse workforce and an environment which is welcoming and inclusive for all its staff, to engaging with the LGBTI community, and to the vision and work of dedicated staff across the Service.

“It helps us to show that people can have confidence in COPFS both as an employer, and as a prosecution service which can be trusted to play its part in delivering justice to the LGBTI community and to all Scotland's communities."