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Freedom of information (FOI)

Publication scheme

First published

21 Apr 2022

Last updated

21 Apr 2022

Overview

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) makes available a range of material through our Publication Scheme.

Our publications are available on the following pages of our website:

  • Publications
  • Prosecution guidance
  • Reporting deaths
  • Reports and statistics
  • Translations

You can also use the search engine on our website. If you have difficulty in finding information, please contact our Enquiry Point.

The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) requires Scottish public authorities to produce and maintain a publication scheme. Authorities are under a legal obligation to:

  • publish the classes of information that they make routinely available
  • tell the public how to access the information and what it might cost.

We have adopted the Model Publication Scheme produced by the Scottish Information Commissioner. The information we release in accordance with the publication scheme represents the minimum we must disclose.

Purpose of the publication scheme

The purpose of this guide to information is to:

  • allow you to see what information is available (and what is not available) in relation to each class
  • state what charges may be applied
  • explain how you can find the information easily
  • provide contact details for enquiries and to get help with accessing the information
  • explain how to request information we hold that has not been published

Availability and formats

The information we publish through the scheme is, wherever possible, available on our website. We offer alternative arrangements for people who do not want to, or

cannot, access the information online or by inspection at our premises. For example, we can usually arrange to send information to you in paper copy (although there may be a charge for this).

Exempt information

We will publish the information we hold that falls within the classes of information below. If a document contains information that is exempt under Scotland's freedom of information law (for example sensitive personal information), we may remove or redact the information before publication but we will explain why.

Copyright

Where COPFS holds the copyright in its published information, the information may be copied or reproduced without formal permission, provided that:

  • it is copied or reproduced accurately
  • it is not used in a misleading context, and
  • the source of the material is identified

Where COPFS does not hold the copyright in information we publish, we will make this clear. Find out more about COPFS' copyright policy.

Charges

This section explains when we may make a charge for our publications and how any charge will be calculated. There is no charge to view information on our website or at our premises.

We may charge for providing information to you e.g., photocopying and postage, but we will charge you no more than it actually costs us to do so. We will always tell you what the cost is before providing the information to you.

Our photocopying charge per sheet of paper is shown in the tables below:

Black and white photocopying

Size of paper Pence per sheet of paper
A4 10p

Colour photocopying

Size of paper Pence per sheet of paper
A4 20p

Please also note:

  • Information provided on a memory stick, flash drive or similar will be charged at the commercial rate for the unit We will always tell you what the cost is before providing the information to you in this format
  • Postage costs will be recharged at the rate we paid to send the information to you.
  • When providing copies of pre-printed publications, we will charge no more than the cost per copy of the total print run.
  • We do not pass on any other costs to you in relation to our published information.
  • COPFS does not print any commercial publications (see Class 8)

Classes of information that we publish

We publish information that we hold within the following classes:

  • Class 1: About the authority
  • Class 2: How we deliver our functions and services
  • Class 3: How the authority takes decisions and what it has decided
  • Class 4: What the authority spends and how it spends it
  • Class 5: How the authority manages its human, physical and information resources
  • Class 6: How the authority procures goods and services from external providers
  • Class 7: How our authority is performing
  • Class 8: Our commercial publications
  • Class 9: Our open data

Class 3: How the authority takes decisions and what it has decided

How the authority takes decisions and what it has decided provides information about the decisions we take, how we make decisions and how we involve others.

The Justice Process | COPFS (stormid.site)

Prosecution Code | COPFS (stormid.site)

Publications | COPFS (stormid.site)

Prosecution guidance | COPFS (stormid.site)

Class 5: How the authority manages its human, physical and information resources

How the authority manages its human, physical and information resources provides information about how we manage the human, physical and information resources of the authority.

Human resources

Equality Outcomes 2017-2021 | COPFS (stormid.site)

People Strategy 2021 to 2023 | COPFS (stormid.site)

Employee Wellbeing Strategy | COPFS (stormid.site)

Civil Service People Survey 2019 | COPFS (stormid.site)

Physical resources

Estate Strategy | COPFS (stormid.site)

Information Resources

Reports and statistics | COPFS (stormid.site)

Class 8: Our commercial publications

Our commercial publications contains information packaged and made available for sale on a commercial basis. Please note that we do not hold or publish any information under this class.

No information held under this class

Class 9: Our open data

Our open data contains information about open data made available by COPFS as described by the Scottish Government's Open Data Resource Pack and available under an open licence.

No information held under this class

Open Data resource pack: version 2 - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)

Where information has been updated or superseded, only the current version will be available. If you would like to see previous versions, you can ask us for that information. 

Contact us

You can contact us for assistance with any aspect of this publication scheme or for advice on how to complain if you are dissatisfied with any aspect of this publication scheme:

FOI Manager
Information Governance Unit
Crown Office
25 Chambers Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1LA

Tel:  0300 020 3000 

We also welcome calls through Text Relay. Please prefix our telephone number with 18001.

Email: FOI@copfs.gov.uk

We will also be pleased to advise you how to ask for information that we do not publish. You can find more information on Freedom of Information (FOI) requests on our dedicated FOI page.

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