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Subject to the statistical data topic COPFS does not provide statistical information for groups of fewer than five and relevant numbers are replaced with an asterisk. Some values of five or more may also be replaced with an asterisk to ensure that no suppressed values can be deduced by subtraction from a total.

COPFS applies this approach, where appropriate, to requests for data such as FOI responses, parliamentary questions and other statistical reports which are published on the COPFS website. This practice best meets the COPFS legal responsibilities under the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation implemented in 2018.

COPFS should not be providing information that identifies, or potentially allows to be identified, an individual person or some personal information about that individual. The prosecution service can receive separate requests over a period of time for related but slightly different information e.g. by age, sex, location, crime, etc. and for overlapping time periods or geographies. These separate pieces of information taken together for numbers fewer than five could create the potential risk of identifying individuals.

Hate crime in Scotland

Information on race crime and on crimes aggravated by religious, disability, sexual orientation or transgender identity prejudice is available on our Equality and Diversity page


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COPFS Performance


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Civil Recovery Unit Annual Reports


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Retained organs


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Domestic abuse


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Civil Service People Survey

The Civil Service People Survey (CSPS) is an annual survey of the attitudes and work-life experiences of Civil Servants. Managed by the Cabinet Office it is open to all Civil Servants and those that work for Civil Service organisations. The CSPS provides consistent and robust metrics which helps understand how to improve levels of engagement across the Civil Service and in individual organisations. 

The Civil Service publish organisation and benchmark scores on the Government website.


COPFS survey scores:

pdfCOPFS - Civil Service People Survey 2019

pdfCOPFS - Civil Service People Survey 2018

pdfCOPFS - Civil Service People Survey 2017

pdfCOPFS - Civil Service People Survey 2016


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Employee statistics


The Lord Advocate directed that from 21 May 2020, Covid-19 or presumed Covid-19 deaths where the deceased might have contracted the virus in the course of their employment or occupation, or where deceased is resident in a care home when the virus is contracted, should be reported to COPFS. This applies to deaths reportable by medical practitioners to the Procurator Fiscal which have already occurred before that date.

COPFS has established a Covid Deaths Investigation Team (CDIT) which is working closely with Police Scotland and other agencies to obtain the information it requires to identify and investigate these deaths. There is more information on this work here.

pdfCDIT Monthly Stats - August 2020

pdfCDIT Monthly Stats - July 2020

pdfCDIT Monthly Stats - June 2020