Prosecutions

Public prosecution in Scotland is carried out by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS). This is a department of the Scottish Executive. The head of the prosecution service is the Lord Advocate, assisted by the Solicitor General for Scotland . However, the day-to-day running of the service is devolved to the procurators fiscal. There are 48 procurator fiscal's offices which are organised into six regions corresponding to the six sheriffdoms in Scotland.