The Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC has welcomed the drop in recorded homicides reported in the statistical bulletin Homicide in Scotland, 2011-12 which was published today (1 October) by Scotland's Chief Statistician. The publication presents statistics on crimes of homicide recorded by the police in Scotland over the past 10 years.
The figures show that crimes of homicide have decreased by 32% since 2011-12 which is the lowest figure recorded by the bulletin over the 10 year period.
A timeline into the investigation into the 2009 incident involving helicopter G-REDL has been made available to MSPs at the Scottish Parliament.
The prosecution of cases involving domestic abuse has been further enhanced by the introduction of a new specialist, national prosecutor.
As Procurator Fiscal for Domestic Abuse, Anne Marie Hicks will co-ordinate the prosecution service's response to domestic abuse cases from across Scotland.
This new role will bring further expertise to the prosecution approach towards cases involving domestic abuse.
At the High Court in Edinburgh today Taylor Gordon (19) was sentenced to 17 years imprisonment and Drew Paterson (25) to 18 years imprisonment for the murder of William Reid (27) in Perth on 7 December last year after being found guilty of the crime last month.
The Solicitor General today urged business leaders and regulators to play their full part in disrupting organised crime across Scotland.
Speaking at a Serious Organised Crime Task Force seminar hosted by the Crown Office, Lesley Thomson QC said law enforcement needs the continuing support of legitimate business to undermine organised criminals.
Today Scott Snowden and Robert Jennings were sentenced to life imprisonment for the murders of Thomas Sharkey Snr, his son Thomas Sharkey Jnr (21) and eight-year-old daughter Bridget Sharkey.
Snowden was sentenced to Life with a punishment part of 33 years.
A new date has been set for the hearing of the sentence appeal in the case against Gary McCourt.
The hearing will now take place at 10:00 on 13 August 2013 at the
Prosecutors in Scotland have today been issued with guidance by the Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland QC, on the prosecution of anyone who opposes same sex marriage in Scotland.
The action follows the publication today of the Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill by the Scottish Government.
A report on Hate Crime in Scotland, 2012-13 was published today. This brings together figures on race crime, and on crime motivated by prejudice related to religion, disability, sexual orientation and transgender identity. It also includes figures for charges under the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012, covering the first 13 months since the introduction of this legislation.