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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. Domestic abuse cases statement of prosecution policy

    Statement of prosecution policy in domestic abuse cases and importance of ensuring support is available to enable victims to engage.

    Prosecution policy Published: 23 Sep 2022
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Forensic pathologist consultation protocol

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

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