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Protocols/Memorandum of Understanding

pdfAgreement on the Sharing of Evidence and Information Between the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and the Police Service of Scotland

COPFS has agreed a protocol with the SCRA agreeing the process for exchange of information in terms of sections 172 and 179 of the Children's Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 between SCRA and COPFS.
pdfJoint Domestic Abuse Protocol

Having regard to the seriousness of domestic abuse, this Protocol has been agreed in order to Identify best practice and obtain consistency of approach in the investigation, reporting and prosecution of these cases, with a view to improving the service we provide to the public.
Working together for victims and witnesses

This Protocol has been agreed between COPFS, Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service, Victim Support Scotland and Police Scotland. It governs how we will share information, sets out guidance on arranging court visits and default special measures for children in solemn cases. In September 2017 the Protocol was updated to ensure that there is an agreed process between COPFS and SCTS for communicating where a victim or witness would benefit from additional arrangements at court. Please note that this protocol applies to cases reported on or after 1 September 2015.
pdfCMA MOU Scotland.pdf65.32 KB

This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) records the basis on which the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) will cooperate to investigate and/or prosecute individuals in respect of the cartel offence established by the Enterprise Act (EA02) where such an offence may have been committed within the jurisdiction of the Scottish Courts. The CMA and COPFS will keep this MOU under review in the light of future experience of its operation in practice.
pdfForensic Pathologist Consultation Protocol

Code of Practice and Performance Standards for Forensic Pathologists dealing with suspicious deaths in Scotland: Scottish Government, COPFS and the Royal College of Pathologists - 2016 version. The Code of Practice is supplemented by the protocol which outlines commitments on the part of forensic pathologists (October 2018).
pdfMemorandum of Understanding between the Scottish Information Commissioner and COPFS and Police Scotland3.36 MB

This MOU will ensure that there is a clear understanding of the various roles and responsibilities of each organisation during the investigation of any of these offences.
pdfOperational Protocol between Victim Information and Advice Scottish Court Service and the Witness Service137.95 KB

This protocol replaces the existing  COPFS /WS protocol dated June 2007 and incorporates the SCS in a new tripartite protocol. This also incorporates the COPFS /SCS Joint Statement on Crown witnesses.
pdfProtocol - COPFS UKBA October 200933.31 KB

Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service & UK Border Agency Joint Protocol for the submission, processing and monitoring of Prosecution Reports for immigration offence and ensure we meet the high standards deserved and expected by the public.
pdfDisclosure of Evidential Material in Criminal Prosecutions - Scottish Police and COPFS159.65 KB

Service Wide Agreement between the Scottish Police and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service of Business Rules for the disclosure to the defence of statements, previous convictions and outstanding charges
pdfWork Related Deaths - Liaison among COPFS and Health and Safety Executive ACPOS British Transport Police

This protocol sets out the principles for effective liaison among the parties in relation to work-related
deaths in Scotland. In particular, it deals with incidents where, following a death, evidence indicates that a serious criminal offence other than a health and safety offence may have been committed
pdfAllocation and Management of Facilities for Taking Evidence by Live TV Links36.78 KBThis protocol sets out the principles within which  those involved in relevant applications to court will operate to ensure the smooth and effective conduct of proceedings involving the giving of Live TV evidence by children.
pdfInstruction of Interpreters for Criminal Court Diets - COPFS SCS ACPOS50.39 KB

The protocol is intended to cover the instruction of community, foreign and sign language interpreters (and other interpreters required for those with sensory impairment).
pdfProtocol - Court Management and Preparation of Cases - COPFS SCS21.77 KB

The effective and efficient prosecution of criminal cases in the Sheriff Courts and the disposal of criminal business in these courts is dependent on a close and integrated approach to the management of court business by the Scottish Court Service and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.
pdfProtocol - Programming and Management of Solemn and Summary Criminal Cases COPFS SCS19.7 KB 

Liaison and Exchange of Management Information for Sheriff Court business between the Scottish Court Service and Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service
pdfProtocol - Witness Citation Targets - COPFS ACPOS10.77 KB

To improve the quality of service to witnesses the efficiency of business in court. 
pdfFamily Liaison Protocol - COPFS ACPOS62.73 KB

Family Liaison is the process through which the Police and Crown Office and the Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) work together to provide victims and bereaved nearest relatives with information and support during certain major investigations which may lead to criminal or other proceedings.
pdfSummary for Submission Processing and Monitoring of Prosecution Reports - COPFS SEPA22.52 KB 

COPFS and SEPA are committed to ensuring effective liaison so that reports from SEPA achieve the best outcome for the environment and the public interest
pdfSubmission Processing and Monitoring of Prosecution Reports - COPFS and SEPA49.27 KB

This Protocol has been agreed between COPFS and SEPA to set out the framework for effective liaison, communication and co-operation in the investigation and prosecution of environmental crime.
pdfRevised Joint ACPOS COPFS Family Liaison Protocol62.67 KB

Following a review of the Joint ACPOS / COPFS Family Liaison Protocol, the Crown Agent and ACPOS have approved the launch of a revised Joint Protocol, “In Partnership Managing Family Liaison” 
National Protocol for the Police Service of Scotland, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, and Child Protection Committees

National Protocol for the Police Service of Scotland, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, and Child Protection Committees to assist with Liaison and the Exchange of Information when there are simultaneous Significant Case Reviews and criminal proceedings, a Fatal Accident Inquiry or investigations with a view to such proceedings. A link to the full document and associated annexes can be found here.