Normally requests for statistical information will be answered by the Management Information Unit in Crown Office, rather than by individual Procurator Fiscal Offices. Such data is normally obtained from the COPFS case management system. This is a live, operational database designed to meet COPFS business needs, in relation to the processing of criminal cases and the information is structured accordingly. COPFS does not have a separate statistical database and holds only operational data needed for business purposes, eg to prepare court documentation; to send and receive electronic information regarding court appearances and results; to cite witnesses; to deal with issues relating to disclosure of information to the defence etc.
Justice flowchart FoI - external