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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. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Family Liaison: Joint working with ACPOS and COPFS

    Read the joint protocol between ACPOS and COPFS regarding keeping in touch with relatives in death investigations.

    Joint working Published: 02 Mar 2012
  6. Forced marriage - joint guidance with Police Scotland

    This guidance sets out the overarching policy on investigation, reporting and prosecution of offences of forced marriage or with a background of forced marriage

    Joint working Published: 07 Sep 2022
  7. Forensic pathologist consultation protocol

    The forensic pathologist consultation protocol which supplements the code of practice for forensic pathologists.

    Joint working Published: 01 Oct 2018
  8. Investigation of crime MOU

    A memorandum of understanding between the Scottish Information Commissioner, COPFS and Police Scotland in relation to the investigation of crime.

    Joint working Published: 01 Apr 2015
  9. Joint domestic abuse protocol

    Read the agreed joint protocol between Police Scotland and the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service in cases involving domestic abuse.

    Joint working Published: 01 May 2019
  10. Memorandum of understanding between COPFS and the Serious Fraud Office

    This memorandum sets out how COPFS and the Serious Fraud Office will cooperate and share information in cases of bribery and corruption.

    Joint working Published: 05 Dec 2018