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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. 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
  2. Lord Advocate's guidelines: Antisocial behaviour orders

    Guidance to police about reporting of cases involving a breach of an antisocial behaviour order.

    Lord Advocate's guidelines Published: 01 Oct 2004
  3. Lord Advocate's guidelines: Breath test devices

    Lord Advocate's guidelines for police on the operation of breath test devices and machines, and the procedure to be followed when obtaining readings.

    Lord Advocate's guidelines Published: 01 Nov 2014
  4. Lord Advocate's guidelines: Citation of witnesses

    Lord Advocate's guidelines to police on procedures to be followed in the citation of witnesses for attendance at court.

    Lord Advocate's guidelines Published: 03 Sep 2012
  5. Lord Advocate's guidelines: Coronavirus fixed penalty notice scheme

    Lord Advocate’s guidelines on the operation of the Fixed Penalty Notice Scheme under The Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020.

    Lord Advocate's guidelines Published: 01 Nov 2020
  6. Lord Advocate's guidelines: Incidents at sporting events

    Lord Advocate guidelines to chief constables regarding incidents between sports people during sporting events, especially those in front of crowds or televised.

    Lord Advocate's guidelines Published: 14 Mar 2011
  7. Lord Advocate's guidelines: Investigation and reporting of racist crime

    Lord Advocate's guidelines to the police on the investigation and recording of racist crime, assessment of language needs and cultural sensitivities.

    Lord Advocate's guidelines Published: 01 Jan 2002
  8. Lord Advocate's guidelines: Investigation of road traffic deaths

    Lord Advocate's guidelines for the chief constable on the investigation by the police of road traffic deaths.

    Lord Advocate's guidelines Published: 01 Aug 2002
  9. Lord Advocate's guidelines: Offences aggravated by prejudice

    Lord Advocate's guidelines on offences aggravated by prejudice including guidance on investigation and reporting of crime, custody and undertakings.

    Lord Advocate's guidelines Published: 01 Mar 2010
  10. Lord Advocate's guidelines: Police and the media

    Guidance on police communication with the media, possible contempt of court implications and guidance on giving statements to the media during an investigation.

    Lord Advocate's guidelines Published: 01 Jan 2018