High profile case tracker communication: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Information requested

Screenshots of the High Profile case tracker e-mails sent to persons named in my earlier e-mail of DATE for the period 1 April 2022 to 1 May 2022.


I enclose a copy of some of the information you have requested.

An exemption(s) under section 35(1) of FOISA applies to some of the information you have requested as the High Profile Case Tracker contains sensitive information about the details of individual high profile court cases. Section 35(1) provides that information is exempt if its disclosure would or would be likely to prejudice law enforcement function or activity.

This exemption is subject to the 'public interest test'. Therefore, taking account of all the circumstances of this case, we have considered if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption. We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exemption. We recognise that there is some public interest in release because . However, this is outweighed by the public interest in ensuring that court proceedings are not prejudiced by the publication of internal COPFS information relating to the case while nonetheless allowing that information to be shared with officials and Ministers within the Scottish Government with an interest in these matters.

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Central Enquiry Unit
Email: ceu@gov.scot
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
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