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Lord Advocate announces sexual crime prosecution review

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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): information for those due to attend court

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.

Statement on the case against Robert MacKenzie

Prosecutors have decided to end the case against Robert MacKenzie, who was accused of offences alleged to have taken place at the Fort Augustus school in the Highlands from 1955 to 1988.

Lord Advocate statement on Diversion from Prosecution

The Lord Advocate Dorothy Bain QC made this statement to the Scottish Parliament on Diversion from Prosecution:

Lord Advocate welcomes new Advocate Depute appointments

The Lord Advocate has announced changes with the Crown Counsel team.

Lord Advocate welcomes publication of review into prosecution of criminal allegations against police

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.

Domestic Abuse and Stalking charges in Scotland, 2020-21

An Official Statistics publication for Scotland

Clara Ponsati extradition hearing 26 August 2021

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.

Law Officer arrangements for ongoing litigation

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.

Lord Advocate vows to act independently as she is sworn in

Scotland’s new Law Officers have been sworn in at a ceremony at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.