Publication - Corporate report

Scottish Budget 2021 to 2022

Published: 28 Jan 2021
Directorate:
Budget and Public Spending Directorate
Part of:
Money and tax, Scottish Budget
ISBN:
9781800045507

The Scottish Budget sets out the Scottish Government’s proposed spending and tax plans for 2021 to 2022, as presented to the Scottish Parliament.

Scottish Budget 2021 to 2022
Chapter 15 Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

Chapter 15 Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

Portfolio Responsibilities

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) is the sole public prosecution authority in Scotland, prosecuting cases independently, fairly and effectively in the public interest. It is also responsible for investigating sudden, unexplained and suspicious deaths and allegations of criminal conduct by police officers.

The Lord Advocate has Ministerial responsibility for the work of the Service. His position as head of the systems of criminal prosecution and investigation of deaths is enshrined in the Scotland Act 1998 and he exercises that responsibility independently of any other person.

The complexity and profile of casework which the Service deals with has changed significantly in recent years. There is an increase in complex cases which require longer investigations and court hearings. The gathering and analysis of evidence is more time-consuming because of the expanded use of social media and electronic communications and the Service increasingly relies on the evidence of expert witnesses to interpret technical, scientific and medical issues.

Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

Table 15.01: Spending Plans (Level 2)
Level 2 2019-20 Budget 2020-21 Budget 2021-22 Budget
£m £m £m
COPFS 120.7 133.8 156.7
Total COPFS 120.7 133.8 156.7
of which:
Total Fiscal Resource 113.4 124.9 146.8
Non-cash 3.7 4.6 5.1
Capital 3.6 4.3 4.8
Financial Transactions - - -
UK Funded AME - - -
Total Limit on Income (accruing resources) 2.0
Table 15.02: Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service Spending Plans (Level 3)
Level 3 2019-20 Budget 2020-21 Budget 2021-22 Budget
£m £m £m
Staff Costs 84.6 95.0 113.8
Office Costs 3.6 3.8 3.8
Case related 12.9 13.3 16.7
Centrally Managed Costs 16.0 17.4 17.6
Capital Expenditure 3.6 4.3 4.8
Total COPFS 120.7 133.8 156.7
of which
Fiscal Resource 113.4 124.9 146.8
Non-cash 3.7 4.6 5.1
Capital 3.6 4.3 4.8
Financial Transactions - - -
UK Funded AME - - -

Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service contributions to the National Outcomes

Primary National Outcomes

  • Communities

Secondary National Outcomes

  • Human Rights
  • Economy
  • Fair Work & Business
  • Environment

For further information on the purpose of the portfolio budget, and contributions to national outcomes (including impacts of spend on equality of outcome) please refer to the relevant portfolio annex in the published Equalities and Fairer Scotland Budget Statement.


Contact

Email: Finance.Co-ordination@gov.scot