In any criminal case, sentencing is entirely a matter for the sheriff or judge who has heard the case. It is for them, acting independently of any other person, to determine what sentence from among those legally available should be imposed and to explain the reasons for selecting a particular sentence.
The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service is committed to the prompt investigation of deaths, but accepts that in some cases the time taken to complete a thorough investigation has been too long.
The Lord Advocate, James Wolffe QC has applied to the High Court for authority under the Double Jeopardy (Scotland) Act 2011 to set aside the acquittal of Sean Flynn and prosecute him again for the murder of Louise Tiffney in 2002.
The Lord Advocate has welcomed the Inspectorate of Prosecution in Scotland thematic report on the prosecution of young people.
COPFS figures published today show that prosecutors dealt with over 30,000 domestic abuse charges and over 1500 stalking charges reported by Police Scotland in the year 2017-18.
A Criminal Justice Disability Project (CJDP) was set up by the Justice Board to promote and enable accessibility of service across the criminal justice sector in Scotland for people with disabilities. The final report of the CJDP is now published by the member organisations.
The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service has updated privacy notices.