Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

Responsible for the prosecution of crime and the investigation of sudden or suspicious deaths and complaints against the police.


After a crime: your rights

Your rights as a victim or witness of crime – includes information on the Victims' Code for Scotland and the Standards of Service for victims and witnesses.

Being arrested: your rights

Includes powers of arrest, rights in custody, legal advice at the police station, young people and vulnerable adults.

Being charged with a crime

What happens if the police charge you with a crime. Includes being released on an undertaking or kept in police custody until your first court hearing.

Extra help to be a witness

Includes where to get support and advice if you're worried about giving evidence, and information about special measures for vulnerable witnesses.

Giving evidence at court

What happens when you give evidence at court, including using special measures for vulnerable witnesses.

Hate crime: support

Crimes committed against someone because of their disability, gender-identity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.

What to do when someone dies

The steps you must take when someone dies – register a death, report a death with Tell Us Once, the Procurator Fiscal, funerals and bereavement support.