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News from COPFS

Lord Advocate and Solicitor General to remain as Law Officers

The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has asked the Law Officers to remain as Ministers in the Scottish Government following today’s Cabinet reshuffle.

The Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland QC and the Solicitor General, Lesley Thomson QC, are both delighted to continue in their roles.

The Lord Advocate is the ministerial head of COPFS, leading the system of criminal prosecutions and investigation of deaths, and as a Minister of the Scottish Government, acts as its principal legal adviser. The Solicitor General is his deputy and assists him in carrying out his functions.


Global investigation into money laundering

An investigation into international money laundering by the COPFS Economic Crime Unit that spanned eight years and six countries, and which led to the conviction and imprisonment of a Denny woman, has today culminated in a confiscation order for £470,000.


Human Trafficking Summit communiqué

The Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland QC, hosted a Human Trafficking Summit at the Scottish Parliament today.

This was the first meeting to be attended by all of the heads of the prosecution services for the UK and Ireland. Attending with the Lord Advocate were the Directors of Public Prosecutions for England & Wales, Northern Ireland. The Director of Public Prosecutions for Ireland attended the summit as an observer and participated in the discussion. Also present was the Advocate General for Scotland, the Right Honourable Lord Wallace of Tankerness QC representing the UK Government.

Human Trafficking Summit communique

COPFS welcomes Stonewall Scotland to discuss supporting LGBT staff

COPFS was pleased to welcome Stonewall Scotland and guests to the Scottish Prosecution College in Glasgow today.

The "Diversity Champions" seminar discussed the role that managers can play in supporting LGBT staff and fostering a diverse team. Our Equality Champion Ruth McQuaid opened the event, and spoke about the work done recently in COPFS to educate managers about how they can more effectively support LGBT staff.

COPFS looks to the future criminal justice workforce

COPFS is working with schools on new teaching materials to encourage young people to consider future careers in criminal justice.

Our role in your community - new free resource

A new Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service DVD resource has been created as a free aid to explain: the role and responsibilities; the processes and practices; and the day to day duties of Scottish prosecutors. 

A further 150 reasons not to drink and drive

More than 150 drink drivers in Scotland had their motor vehicles seized then sold or scrapped between April 2013 and March 2014.

An average of three vehicles a week were forfeited by repeat drink and drug driving offenders; first offenders driving or attempting to drive with a high alcohol reading; and those who refused to give a sample of breath to the police without a reasonable excuse.

Domestic abuse charges reported in 2013-14

COPFS figures published today show a notable increase in the number of domestic abuse charges reported in 2013-14 by Police Scotland and a corresponding rise in the number of charges marked for court proceedings. The data was extracted in June 2014, and reflects the position at that date.

Life sentence for first ‘Cold Case’ murder conviction in Scotland

John Docherty was indicted in January this year for the 1986 murder of sixteen year-old Elaine Doyle. This was the first indictment to be served for an unresolved homicide following an investigation led by the Crown Office Cold Case Unit (CCU). Today at Glasgow High Court Docherty was sentenced to life imprisonment. The Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC said the sentence ends a long search for justice for the Doyle family.


Criminals will not be the winners in the 2014 Commonwealth Games

Scottish prosecutors will use the full range of their powers to protect the interests of legitimate businesses and their hard working staff in the run up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games by cracking down on fraudsters.

Any major sporting event can be a target for organised criminals looking to profit, whether it is from ticket touting, selling counterfeit goods or property scams.

The Lord Advocate has issued a strong deterrent message to fraudsters warning they could face sentences of up to five years in jail and an unlimited fine or be prosecuted using proceeds of crime legislation and the loss of their homes, cars or other assets linked to crime.