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  1. Digital platform for victims and witnesses launched by COPFS

     An initiative to digitally transform how victims and witnesses in criminal cases can access information and guidance relevant to them online has been launched by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS).   

    15 Apr 2024 Statements
  2. Solicitor General for Scotland issues statement on safer sleeping for babies

    A number of investigations into the sudden and unexpected deaths of babies has prompted the Solicitor General Ruth Charteris KC to urge families to follow the advice available on safer sleeping.

    26 Jan 2024 Statements
  3. Lord Advocate's statement to the Scottish Parliament on Post Office Horizon IT prosecutions

    Statement on Horizon IT prosecutions made by Lord Advocate Dorothy Bain KC on 16 January 2024

    16 Jan 2024 Statements
  4. Statement from the Lord Advocate marking 35 years since the Lockerbie bombing

    The Lord Advocate, Dorothy Bain KC, has reflected upon the 35th anniversary of the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie and the longest-running investigation in the history of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS). The Lord Advocate has ministerial responsibility for COPFS, Scotland’s sole criminal prosecution authority. COPFS works independently of government in the prosecution of crime and investigation of deaths.

    21 Dec 2023 Statements
  5. Statement on the Lord Advocate’s reference to the Court of Appeal

    The Lord Advocate Dorothy Bain KC has acknowledged the outcome of a reference she made to the Court of Appeal requesting them to consider a point of law concerning corroboration.

    18 Oct 2023 Statements
  6. Statement on pilot safer drug consumption facility

    The Lord Advocate has responded to a request for a focused statement of prosecution policy in relation to a pilot safer drugs consumption facility in Glasgow.  

    11 Sep 2023 Statements
  7. Lord Advocate announces review of diversion from prosecution for sexual offences

    Lord Advocate Dorothy Bain KC has ordered a review of how prosecutors deal with diversion from prosecution in cases of serious sexual offences such as rape. 

    14 Jul 2023 Statements
  8. Crown to appeal sentence on man convicted of rape

    The Lord Advocate has decided that the Crown should appeal the sentence imposed upon a man convicted of rape on the grounds that it is ‘unduly lenient’.

    28 Apr 2023 Statements
  9. Crown Office statement on the Park Inn Hotel shooting incident

    On 26 June 2020, Badreddin Abdalla Adam Bosh was shot and killed by officers of Police Scotland after he stabbed and seriously injured six people in the Park Inn Hotel, West George Street, Glasgow.

    06 Apr 2023 Statements
  10. Diversion from prosecution review welcomed

    The Lord Advocate has welcomed a review of diversion from prosecution in Scotland which has concluded the practice is working well and developing in a positive direction.

    21 Feb 2023 Statements