As a public servant, an employee has a particular duty to ensure that their public position is not, and raises no reasonable suspicion of being, abused in their own personal interest.
The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service holds a formal Register of Interests which extends to all members of staff.
The Interests are defined as:
- Business interests (including directorships) not only of the employee but also close family members
- Shareholdings or other securities/financial interest which the employee or members of their close family hold
- Any political interest or interest/membership in an organisation, club or society where there is the potential for a conflict of interest to arise as a result of official position
It is held on behalf of the Lord Advocate in order to guard against conflict of interest in prosecutorial decision making. It is designed to ensure that impartiality can be demonstrated in relation to any individual making prosecutorial decisions or involvement in the preparation or presentation of any case.
The Register is not published. To provide information about the personal interests of prosecution staff could compromise the security of individual staff members, undermine their ability to do their job and create conflict with our obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998.