Scottish Legal System

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Terms of Reference

I. The role of the police in Scotland *
The role of the procurator fiscal service in Scotland *
The role of the Lord Advocate and the Crown Office *

1. Terms of Reference

* Your first task is to investigate the role of the police. Answer the questions and attempt the exercise that fallows. Retain your answers for inclusion in your portfolio and report or presentation.

* Your second task is to investigate the role of the procurator fiscal service. Again, answer the
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Arrest a suspect
The police have enough evidence to charge a person with an offence/crime. The person will be taken to a police station where he/she will be cautioned and charged. Then a report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal who can approve the charge or decide that he/she will be charged with some other crime/offence.

3.1.3 When the police will conclude their crime investigation they will submit a report to the local Procurator Fiscal. 3.1.4 Attached as appendix 1.

3.2.1 The Procurator Fiscal Service (PFS) is responsible for the prosecution of crime in Scotland, the investigation of sudden or suspicious deaths, and the investigation of complaints against the police... PFS is Scotland's prosecution authority and has five main objectives: * To deliver swift, effective justice, giving priority to serious crime, including sexual offending, serious violence, organised crime and drug trafficking * To work with the police, local communities and others to solve problems caused by persistent offending, helping people live their lives free from crime, disorder and danger * To ensure that all deaths reported to the Procurator Fiscal are investigated appropriately * To provide services that meet the information needs of victims, witnesses and nearest relatives, in co-operation with other
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