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Sexual crime

COPFS established Europe’s first specialised unit dealing with the prosecution of sexual offences, the National Sexual Crime Unit. Our highly experienced, expert prosecutors recognise the devastating impact sexual crimes often have on victims and have the skills to deal with the significant challenges and intricacies of these cases.

For further information please see Advice for Victims of Sexual Crimes leaflet.


Human Trafficking Summit communiqué 

This was the first meeting to be attended by all of the heads of the prosecution services for the UK and Ireland. Attending with the Lord Advocate were the Directors of Public Prosecutions for England & Wales, Northern Ireland. The Director of Public Prosecutions for Ireland attended the summit as an observer and participated in the discussion. Also present was the Advocate General for Scotland, the Right Honourable Lord Wallace of Tankerness QC representing the UK Government.

pdfHuman Trafficking Summit Communique.pdf16.83 KB


pptNCA Presentation UKHTC.ppt7.91 MB

The Nature and Scale of Human Trafficking in 2013 was presented by Caroline Young 


pptJIT Scottish Summit.ppt2.5 MB

Joint Investigation Teams presented by PSNI  Senior Investigating officer – DCI Douglas Grant,  Eurojust - Elisa Hopley and Public prosecution Service Northern Ireland  - Michael Agnew 


pptDCC Livingstone.ppt988.5 KB

Human Trafficking: A Different Kind of Victim  present by DCC Iain Livingstone