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Crown Agent named in New Year's Honours List

The Crown Agent has thanked staff for their work and dedication after she was named in the New Year’s Honours List.

Catherine Dyer has been made CBE for her services to law and order. 

No place for domestic abuse over the festive period

We all have our own traditions which we follow at Christmas and New Year but there are common themes which we associate with this festive period including time off from work and school, the giving and receiving of gifts, families and loved ones coming together to celebrate and fun times for children. Sadly for too many families affected by the scourge of domestic abuse, this time of year can be anything but relaxing, happy or peaceful and one of the bad traditions we’ve come to recognise has been the notable increase in domestic abuse incidents generally occurring during this period.

COPFS at Hamilton join Keep Safe Project

The Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC, today pledged support from COPFS for the I am Me/Keep Safe Project.

New guidelines to help refugees

New prosecution guidelines, designed to protect refugees fleeing persecution, have been introduced by Scotland’s Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland QC.

COPFS, Police Scotland and Scottish Borders LGBT Equality host LGBT community event

COPFS, Police Scotland and Scottish Borders LGBT Equality last night hosted an LGBT community event of discussion and engagement to listen to people’s experiences of hate crime and the criminal justice system.

Crown welcomes Sheriff’s call for review

The Crown welcomes Sheriff Beckett’s determination following the fatal accident inquiry into the tragic deaths of the six people who died when a bin lorry crashed in Glasgow city centre last year.

Working together to tackle sexual offences

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service is bringing together experts working in the field of sexual offences for a major conference at Hampden. 

Lord Advocate hosts Cold Case Conference

The Lord Advocate is hosting an International conference on Cold Cases bringing together world experts in this area of work.

Cyber Crime Awareness Seminar

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) are hosting a seminar on Cyber Crime Awareness which is aimed at people who are aged 50 years and older, to raise awareness of cyber scamming.

The seminar is taking place in the Central Library in Edinburgh on Thursday 12 November 2015 at 2pm.

Domestic Abuse Charges Reported in 2014-15

COPFS figures published today (4 November 2015) show that domestic abuse continues to be a significant issue in Scotland and prosecutors dealt with over 36,000 charges reported by Police Scotland in the year 2014-15.