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.

Services

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 a witness at court

Information for witnesses of criminal, civil and Children’s Hearing court cases. Includes where to get support if you're worried about giving evidence, and special measures for vulnerable witnesses.

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.

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, the procurator fiscal, funerals and bereavement support.