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Publication of Securing Justice: Our Strategic Plan 2020-23 and business plan for 2020-21

Today the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) has published Securing Justice: Strategic Plan for 2020-23, along with the COPFS business plan for 2020-21.


The strategic plan includes the overarching goals for COPFS for this year and for the next three years. Each goal supports our purpose to secure justice for the people of Scotland.

Our goals are to:

  • Deliver high quality casework. We will secure justice through independent, robust, fair and effective professional decision-making, case preparation and presentation. We will explain our decisions, be open about our work and conclude our investigations more quickly.
  • Support our people. We will build a skilled, engaged and diverse workforce, invest in staff development and strengthen our capacity to deliver an improved service.
  • Improve our service. We will continue to digitise and modernise the way we work, supporting wider reform of the criminal justice system, securing efficient and effective justice and putting the public at the heart of all we do.

The plan is being published at a time of significant uncertainty and unprecedented challenge due to the current coronavirus crisis. In delivering this plan, our highest priority remains that we protect the safety and wellbeing of our staff and service users as we recover from the current crisis.

The business plan for 2020-21 sets out how we will work towards the goals of our strategic plan in the next year. It explains the phased approach we will take to our response to and recovery from coronavirus and our objectives for each of these phases.

We will continue to review and refine our business planning throughout the coronavirus crisis.

The strategic plan was shaped in consultation with a wide range of justice partners, key service users and community groups. We will continue to work closely with these groups as we work towards achieving our goals.