You do not have to explain why you want information but it might help us in giving you the information you want.More guidance: Freedom of Information (FOI): at a glance
More detailed information is published in our Publication Scheme.
Environmental Information Regulations requests have the same deadline but we can extend this up to 40 working days if your request is complex.
We can give you information about:
- COPFS administration
- complaints against the police
- criminal prosecution
- deaths in Scotland
- proceeds of crime
- prosecution policy
- prosecution statistics.
- personal information
- information about a third party
- information held by other organisations
- or clearly any information we do not hold - but we will try and suggest someone who can help you.
- where it will cost more than £600 to locate, retrieve and provide it
- or, repeated requests for the same information.
- the Scottish Government; for
- prosecution statistics:
- Police Scotland
- Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS); for
- the outcome of a court case
- the cost of a trial
- Scottish Prison Service; for
- prisoner release dates.
Subject to the statistical data topic COPFS does not provide statistical information for groups of fewer than five and relevant numbers are replaced with an asterisk. Some values of five or more may also be replaced with an asterisk to ensure that no suppressed values can be deduced by subtraction from a total.
COPFS applies this approach, where appropriate, to requests for data such as FOI responses, parliamentary questions and other statistical reports which are published on the COPFS website. This practice best meets the COPFS legal responsibilities under the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation implemented in 2018.
COPFS should not be providing information that identifies, or potentially allows to be identified, an individual person or some personal information about that individual. The prosecution service can receive separate requests over a period of time for related but slightly different information e.g. by age, sex, location, crime, etc. and for overlapping time periods or geographies. These separate pieces of information taken together for numbers fewer than five could create the potential risk of identifying individuals.
This Scottish justice flowchart will help you decide who to contact for the information you need: Justice Flowchart
You may also find information on our statistics page useful.