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McLaren High School wins schools debate on freedom of dress

The final of the 2014 East of Scotland Schools Public Speaking Competition took place on 18 June at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Chambers Street, following local heats across the region.

The competition hopes to encourage young people from across Scotland to hone their speaking skills, while at the same time encouraging them to consider real issues that could affect them or those around them. 

Drivers urged to consider the consequences of drink driving this summer

Motorists in Scotland are being reminded of the tough legal and personal consequences of drink driving with the launch of the COPFS / Police Scotland 2014 Summer Drink Drive campaign.

The Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland QC, the senior Law Officer in Scotland warned that those caught “Will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law” and not only risk losing their licence, liberty and car but their life and the life of others.

Should you suspect someone of drink driving, please call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it to your local police office by dialing 101. In an emergency, you can also dial 999.

Scottish students film to save young lives from knife crime tragedy praised by the Lord Advocate

A knife crime awareness film created by students from Inverclyde Academy, Greenock to warn their peers of the tragic impact knife crime can have has been praised by the Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC at the film’s launch in Glasgow who said that what they were doing with their innovative and ground breaking DVD is ultimately saving lives.

‘Crime of Love’ created as an educational tool in partnership with Inverclyde Academy, COPFS and BBC Scotland is available to view on the BBC Scotland LAB website: www.bbc.co.uk/labscotland

Solicitor General says Scotland needs domestic abuse law

Solicitor General Lesley Thomson QC says Scotland needs to look towards developing a modern approach that takes account of the devastating emotional damage to victims caused by domestic abuse as well as the physical damage that is so often caused - and we need a law that recognises that and punishes those responsible.

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Lord Advocate applies for Chhokar murder retrial

The Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland QC has applied to the High Court for authority under the Double Jeopardy (Scotland) Act 2011 to set aside the acquittal of Ronnie Coulter, Andrew Coulter and David Montgomery and prosecute them again for the murder of Surjit Singh Chhokar in North Lanarkshire in 1998.

POCA results in serious disruption to criminals

The Crown Office can reveal that £8 million was seized from criminals in Scotland last year under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Crown welcomes new Human Trafficking bill

The Crown Office welcomes today's Scottish Government announcement to strengthen the criminal law against human trafficking and increase support for victims.  Tragically human trafficking is big business, it has strong links to serious and organised crime and it is of great concern that it takes place in Scotland. The Lord Advocate has already appointed a specialist prosecutor to deal with cases involving those who commit these abhorrent crimes to ensure the challenges of prosecuting these crimes are addressed from the outset. The measures announced today will greatly assist prosecutors in ensuring that those who peddle such misery face the consequences of their actions.   

Human Trafficking Bill

Super Puma FAI conclusion does not alter no criminal proceedings decision

The Crown Office welcomes the publication of the determination following the FAI into the Super Puma helicopter crash and hopes that the conclusions will help to improve safety in the industry.
The evidence presented during the FAI has not altered the insufficiency of evidence therefore the decision not to hold criminal proceedings remains the correct one.

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Lord Advocate responds to Lockerbie claims

Following reports in today's press regarding claims in a documentary to be broadcast today that terrorists hired by Iran were responsible for the Lockerbie bombing, the following statement has now been issued by the Crown:

"There is nothing new in these claims and some of the accounts of the evidence reported are inaccurate.

Significant development in historic Moira Anderson murder enquiry

The Cold Case unit within the Crown Office has today issued a statement in relation to one of Scotland’s oldest unsolved murders. Eleven year old Moira Anderson disappeared after leaving her grandmother’s house in Coatbridge in 1957. Following its investigation into the case and the examination of new evidence Crown Counsel has decided that Alexander Gartshore, would be indicted for the murder of Moira Anderson if he were alive today.