Terms of reference
In 2020, IPS began publishing terms of reference for each of our inspections. The terms of reference set out the issue we intend to inspect, the scope of the inspection, how we intend to gather evidence and the estimated timescales for the work. The terms of reference are drafted after initial scoping work has been carried out and following preliminary discussions with key stakeholders. By publishing terms of reference, we aim to increase transparency and promote awareness of our work. The terms of reference can also be used as a tool to engage those with an interest in the issue being inspected.
Thematic review of domestic abuse
We are currently assessing how well the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) manages and prosecutes cases involving domestic abuse at sheriff summary level. We published a Terms of Reference for this work in May 2023.
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We have a number of topics currently under consideration for future inspections. If there is an aspect of COPFS work that you think would benefit from independent scrutiny, please contact us.