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Prosecution guidance

Guidance for legal professionals about how COPFS makes prosecution decisions and how we work with partner organisations. Plus, guidelines for the police.

  1. Agricultural crime policy

    Prosecution policy explaining how prosecutors deal with reports relating to agricultural crime.

    Prosecution policy Published: 01 Dec 2015
  2. COP26 Lord Advocate’s guidelines: Liberation by the police during COP26

    Lord Advocate's guidelines to the police concerning liberation of offenders by police relating to the 26th UN climate change conference ('COP26').

    Lord Advocate's guidelines Published: 27 Oct 2021
  3. Code of Practice: Disclosure of evidence in criminal proceedings

    This document gives guidance to prosecutors, Police Scotland, and other investigating agencies in relation to the disclosure of evidence in criminal proceedings

    Disclosure of evidence Published: 01 Jun 2011
  4. Code of practice: Interpreters and translators in court

    Code of Practice setting out responsibilities and obligations of organisations relating to interpreters and translation in the Scottish criminal justice system.

    Joint working Published: 01 Apr 2015
  5. Code of practice: forensic pathologists

    Read the code of practice and performance standards for forensic pathologists in Scotland who are dealing with suspicious deaths.

    Joint working Published: 01 Jan 2016
  6. Competition and Markets Authority MOU

    MOU between Competition & Markets Authority and COPFS in relation to the investigation/prosecution of the cartel offence established by the Enterprise Act 2002.

    Joint working Published: 01 Jul 2014
  7. Deceased suspects policy

    This policy explains how prosecutors approach criminal cases where the suspect has died.

    Prosecution policy Published: 05 Sep 2016
  8. Decision making in cases of child accused

    Agreement between COPFS and Scottish Children's Reporter Administration (SCRA) regarding decision making in cases of children jointly reported to COPFS and SCRA

    Joint working Published: 01 Nov 2015
  9. Disclosure manual

    The Disclosure Manual outlines the disclosure practice prosecution teams must follow in criminal cases in Scotland. View the web version here.

    Disclosure of evidence Published: 01 Dec 2014
  10. Disclosure of evidence: Guidance for specialist reporting agencies

    Read our guidance to specialist reporting agencies regarding the disclosure of evidence in criminal proceedings.

    Disclosure of evidence Published: 16 Dec 2011