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Review published on investigation and prosecution of Sheriff Solemn cases
The Inspectorate of Prosecution in Scotland has published a report on the investigation and prosecution of Sheriff Solemn Cases.
The inspection reviewed the effectiveness of Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service investigation and prosecution of Sheriff Solemn business following reforms to sheriff and jury procedure implemented in 2017.
The report makes seven recommendations designed to improve the effectiveness of various procedures and processes regarding capturing information on witness availability and to provide a consistency of approach to supporting victims and taking their evidence in Sheriff and Jury cases in the High Court.
Michelle Macleod, HM Chief Inspector, said: “We are pleased to report that following the reforms there has been an increase in earlier resolution of cases and reduced churn of sheriff and jury business.
“The work done by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, as well as the Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service, prior to the reforms being implemented has undoubtedly contributed to the successful transition. The focus on earlier engagement with the defence, greater judicial management and only continuing cases to trial when they are fully prepared has reduced inconvenience to witnesses and delays in the process.”
Click here to access the report