Inspectorate of Prosecution in Scotland


The Inspectorate of Prosecution in Scotland is an independent body that carries out inspections on the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) which is the sole prosecuting authority in Scotland.

The point of these inspections is to:

  • improve the way COPFS serves the public
  • make COPFS more accountable
  • assure the public that COPFS is running effectively

Our vision is to enhance the effectiveness of and to promote excellence in the prosecution service in Scotland through professional inspection and evaluation.

There are a number of publications that give you more information about the Inspectorate of Prosecution:


The Inspectorate is headed by the HM Chief Inspector who reports directly to the Lord Advocate.

Programme of inspection for 2018 to 2019

Our work programme for 2018 to 2019 includes:

  • a thematic report on sheriff and jury cases
  • a follow-up report of Fatal Accident Inquiries

This timetable is subject to change.