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News from COPFS

Standards of Service for Victims and Witnesses - Annual Report

The Lord Advocate is required, along with the Chief Constable of Police Scotland, the Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service, the Scottish Prison Service and the Parole Board for Scotland, to publish Standards of Service for victims and witnesses each year and to publish an annual report in relation to the fulfilment of those standards.

Relocation of Inverness Procurator Fiscal’s Office

The Inverness Procurator Fiscal's office officially relocated to the Inverness Justice Centre on 6 July 2020.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): information for those due to attend court

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to have a significant impact on the Scottish criminal justice system.  COPFS is working closely with justice partners and with Scottish Government on measures which will support the fair and effective administration of justice whilst respecting the public health guidance which has been issued.  

Following government advice to continue to limit social contact as we move through the phases of the Scottish Government’s route map for moving out of lockdown, we have issued the following guidelines.

Hate Crime in Scotland, 2019-20

An Official Statistics publication for Scotland

A report on Hate Crime in Scotland 2019-20 was published today. This brings together figures on race crime, and on crime motivated by prejudice related to religion, disability, sexual orientation and transgender identity. 

COPFS revises sensitive personal records policy

THE Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service has revised its internal policy on the recovery of sensitive personal records of rape victims for use as evidence.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): information for bereaved families

The death of a loved one is an upsetting and distressing time. COPFS is sensitive to the needs of bereaved relatives and we appreciate that they may have further questions in light of the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Revised guidance on reporting of deaths during coronavirus outbreak

On May 13 2020 the Lord Advocate, James Wolffe QC, provided an update to the Scottish Parliament on arrangements for the reporting of deaths during the Covid-19/coronavirus outbreak.

Derek Ogg QC

THE Law Officers have paid tribute to former advocate depute Derek Ogg QC, who has died at the age of 65.

Update from the Lord Advocate on death investigations and coronavirus

As Lord Advocate I remain constitutionally responsible for the investigation of sudden, unexpected and unexplained deaths in Scotland throughout the coronavirus pandemic. This work is done on my behalf, with expertise and professionalism, by dedicated staff of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS).

Statement from the Lord Advocate on oversight of temporary police powers

THE Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC has welcomed the formation of an independent group to provide additional oversight of use of temporary police powers during the coronavirus pandemic.