6. Current and Future Work Programme
As previously stated the selection of topics for inspections is risk based and based on general principles of inspection, there is no cyclical element.
Current work consists of the preparation of a thematic report on the work of the International Co-operation Unit of COPFS which deals with among other things the issue of extradition both to and from Scotland. It also deals with more general co-operation issues such as seeking assistance from witnesses in Scotland and abroad. Suggested changes to the UK's EU membership could have significant implications for this work especially in the area of European Arrest Warrants which are currently widely used.
The other thematic underway is on the Crown Office Knowledge Bank which is an in-house tool to disseminate policy, guidance and best practice. Again, a user perspective is being adopted in both of these reports including questionnaires and contact with those engaged in the field.
Beyond that selection of the next topics has been deliberately left to the new Chief Inspector. Freedom to choose the topics for inspection is an important part of the independence of the post.