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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. Scottish Environment Protection Agency: joint working protocol

    Read the joint working protocol between SEPA and COPFS for submission, processing and monitoring of prosecution reports

    Joint working Published: 21 Jun 2006
  2. Sensitive personal records policy

    Policy explaining the rules governing the recovery and use of sensitive personal records during the investigation and prosecution of serious offences.

    Prosecution policy Published: 12 Oct 2020
  3. Sharing of evidence in cases involving children

    Agreement on the sharing of evidence and information between the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration, COPFS and the Police Service of Scotland.

    Joint working Published: 01 May 2019
  4. Sheriff court business: joint working

    Protocol for court management and preparation of cases for sheriff court business between the Scottish Courts Service and COPFS

    Joint working Published: 09 May 2013
  5. Solemn and Summary criminal cases: joint working

    An agreement between COPFS and the Scottish Court Service (SCS) regarding the programming and management of solemn and summary criminal cases.

    Joint working Published: 09 May 2013
  6. Terrorist cases: joint working within the UK

    Read the joint statement regarding the handling of terrorist cases where the jurisdiction to prosecute is shared by prosecuting authorities in the UK.

    Joint working Published: 08 May 2009
  7. Transgender accused policy

    Prosecution policy explaining how prosecutors will deal with cases in which the person accused of a crime is transgender.

    Prosecution policy Published: 22 Sep 2014
  8. UK Borders Agency: joint working protocol

    Read the joint protocol between COPFS and the UK Border Agency regarding immigration and associated crime.

    Joint working Published: 01 Oct 2009
  9. Work-related deaths protocol

    The work-related deaths protocol agreed by the Health and Safety Executive, Association of Chief Police Officers (Scotland), British Transport Police, and COPFS

    Joint working Published: 15 Sep 2006
  10. Working together for victims and witnesses

    A protocol between COPFS, Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS), Police Scotland, and Victim Support Scotland (VSS) to support victims and witnesses.

    Joint working Published: 29 Sep 2017