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MSPs consider COPFS 12/09/2016 The effectiveness of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) as Scotland’s independent prosecutor is the subject of a major new inquiry by MSPs

Justice Committee considers COPFS

The effectiveness of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) as Scotland’s independent prosecutor is to be the subject of a major new inquiry by MSPs on the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee.

The Committee has issued a call for views asking organisations and individuals for their opinion on the organisation and will start taking evidence in the autumn.

The Committee’s inquiry will look at the following:

  • The effectiveness and efficiency of the COPFS, and how well it works with other stakeholders in the criminal justice system;
  • Whether the COPFS has the resources and skillsets it needs to carry out its core role;
  • The COPFS’s responsiveness to new challenges and opportunities including the evolving nature of crime in 21st century Scotland, advances in technology, and changes in the delivery of court services that may affect access to justice;
  • How the COPFS protects and supports witnesses and victims of crime.

It will also look at the role and function of the Inspectorate of Prosecution in Scotland (the IPS is the independent inspectorate of the COPFS).

The closing date for written submissions is Wednesday 19th October 2016.

The call for evidence is here and further details can be found here.

 

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