Glossary of Terms
Bring Up (B/U)
Term applied to an administrative process of ensuring case files are followed up for review on a specific date.
The Law Officers (Lord Advocate and Solicitor General) and Advocates Deputes.
Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS)
The independent public prosecution service in Scotland. It is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of crime in Scotland. It is also responsible for the investigation of sudden, unexplained or suspicious deaths and the investigation of allegations of criminal conduct against police officers.
A document providing details of the statements and documents that may be used in a criminal trial which must be disclosed to the representatives of the accused.
Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI)
A court hearing presided over by a Sheriff which publicly enquires into the circumstances of some sudden, unexplained or suspicious deaths. A FAI must take place when someone dies in custody or a death is caused by an
accident at work.
Administrative officers within COPFS.
The level at which the case is to be prosecuted with more serious offences (solemn proceedings) being heard by a jury and less serious offences (summary proceedings) heard by a single judge.
FOS Office code
A reference number identifying the office or unit responsible for dealing with the case.
Health and Safety Lawyers Association
Association for solicitors who act for accused persons in health and safety prosecutions.
Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
Great Britain’s independent regulator for work-related health and safety and illness.
Service of the document (an indictment) on the accused setting out the charges he/she faces in solemn proceedings.
Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
Type of performance measurement.
The Lord Advocate and the Solicitor General for Scotland.
Management Information Book (MI Book)
Management information in a readable format.
The facts of the crime read out by the prosecutor to the presiding judge when a plea of guilty is tendered by the accused.
(Acronym for Prosecutors Management Information System) COPFS computer-based case-tracking and management system.
COPFS database for recording complaints and compliments.
Process of conjoining all charges and cases for an accused person into a single case.
Scottish Fatalities Investigation Unit (SFIU)
A national specialist unit responsible for investigating all sudden, suspicious, accidental and unexplained deaths in Scotland.
Prosecution of serious criminal cases before a judge and jury in the High Court or Sheriff Court.
(Acronym for Standard Office System) COPFS case database.
Specialist Reporting Agency
A body (other than police) which reports crimes to COPFS, including the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Local Authorities.
Prosecutions held in the Sheriff or Justice of the Peace Court before a judge without a jury.
A three year time limit to commence civil proceedings.
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