4. INITIAL WORK OF THE INSPECTORATE
The Jandoo report had recommended that the first work of the new Inspectorate should be a thematic report on the handling of race issues by COPFS and a target delivery date was set for this of November 2004. This report was delivered to the Lord Advocate in November 2004 and subsequently published ( http://www.scotland.gov.uk/library5/justice/ipis-00.asp). The Lord Advocate accepted all 12 recommendations.
Dr Jandoo had also recommended that the Inspectorate should conduct a thematic inspection of the response of COPFS on victim and witness issues including the operation of the internal Victim Liaison Office (now Victim Information and Advice - VIA). Work on this will commence in May 2005.
Additionally Dr Jandoo had recommended regular audits by the Inspectorate of the then Regional (now Area) and District Offices in order to ensure uniform compliance with the Department's race relations policies and strategies. To date five of these have been completed.
It was intended wherever possible to conduct cross cutting joint thematic reports with Criminal Justice Partners. A joint thematic is planned in partnership with HM Inspectorate of Constabulary on case management to commence in late summer 2005.