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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. 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
  2. Forensic pathologist consultation protocol

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

    Joint working Published: 01 Oct 2018
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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