The Lord Advocate Dorothy Bain QC has ordered a review of how prosecutors deal with reports of sexual offences. She announced the review in an evidence session at the Criminal Justice Committee of the Scottish Parliament.
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to have a significant impact on the Scottish criminal justice system. COPFS is working closely with justice partners and with Scottish Government on measures which will support the fair and effective administration of justice whilst respecting the public health guidance which has been issued.
The Lord Advocate Dorothy Bain QC made this statement to the Scottish Parliament on Diversion from Prosecution:
The Lord Advocate has announced changes with the Crown Counsel team.
The publication of a review into how the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service manages criminal allegations against the police has been welcomed by the Lord Advocate.
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The Lord Advocate has a statutory responsibility to act on behalf of authorities who make extradition requests through the Scottish courts. The thorough and proper execution of these responsibilities is essential to the rule of law and preservation of Scottish interests in its relationships with other international jurisdictions.
The Lord Advocate has written to the convenor of the Criminal Justice Committee setting out Law Officer arrangements for the future conduct of litigation following the prosecution of individuals in respect of the acquisition and administration of Rangers Football Club.
Scotland’s new Law Officers have been sworn in at a ceremony at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.