On 5 August a local lockdown was announced for the City of Aberdeen. Following the announcement, the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service confirmed that courts in Aberdeen will continue to operate as far as possible.
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.
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.
The Inverness Procurator Fiscal's office officially relocated to the Inverness Justice Centre on 6 July 2020.
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.
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.
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.
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.
THE Law Officers have paid tribute to former advocate depute Derek Ogg QC, who has died at the age of 65.