Crown copyright

All material produced by civil servants, ministers and government departments and agencies in the course of their work belongs to the Crown and is Crown copyright.

Much Crown copyright material is made available to use free of charge under the Open Government Licence (OGL) and no other licence is required. This includes legislation, government codes of practice, government reports, official press releases, government forms and many public records.

Where Crown copyright material is covered by the Open Government Licence, you can:

  • Copy, publish, distribute and transmit the information
  • Adapt the information
  • Exploit the information commercially and non commercially, i.e. by combining it with information of your own

Re-using Crown copyright material

You may use and re-use the information featured on this website (not including logos) free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government Licence.

Any enquiries regarding the use and re-use of this information resource should be sent to:

Re-using third party material

Any material on this site which is identified as the copyright of a third party is not covered by Crown copyright. Authorisation to reproduce such material must be obtained from the copyright holders concerned. The copyright status of items can be checked in advance of use by contacting COPFS.

Linking to the COPFS website

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service encourages users to establish links to the site. You don't have to ask for permission to do this.

Images, photography and video

Images and photographs on this site are subject to Crown copyright protection unless otherwise indicated. You may re-use Crown copyright images subject to the conditions stated above. Images and videos on the COPFS Twitter page and COPFS's YouTube channel are subject to the licence restrictions shown on those sites, but are normally available to be re-used with attribution for non-commercial purposes only.

Further information

For further information on Crown copyright policy and licensing arrangements, see the National Archives guidance.