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Prosecution Code

The Prosecution Code sets out the criteria for decision making generally, the range of options available when considering reports of crime, and also the values which underpin such decision-making.

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The Prosecution Code is followed for all cases reported to COPFS. The code explains how prosecutors make decisions on whether to prosecute, take alternative action or take no action. The code explains the factors that prosecutors take into account including legal, evidential and public interest considerations.