Edinburgh Crown Office, Chambers St, Edinburgh, Scotland,UK, EH1 1LA
Contributor:Tony Smith / Alamy Stock Photo
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Dimensions:5081 x 3414 px | 43 x 28.9 cm | 16.9 x 11.4 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:31 August 2013
Location:25 Chambers Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, EH1 1LA
The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (Scottish Gaelic: Oifis an Ard-Ghnìomhachas agus Seirbheis Neach-casaid an Ard-Ghnìomhachas, Scots: Croun Office an Procurator Fiscal Service) is the independent public prosecution service for Scotland, and is a Ministerial Department of the Scottish Government. The department is headed by Her Majesty's Lord Advocate, who under the Scottish legal system is responsible for prosecution, along with the area procurators fiscal. In Scotland, virtually all prosecution of criminal offences is undertaken by the Crown. Private prosecutions are extremely rare. The Service's responsibilities extend to the whole of Scotland, and include: Investigation and prosecution of criminal offences Investigation of sudden or suspicious deaths The investigation and prosecution of criminal conduct by the police Assessment and possession of bona vacantia Assessment and possession of treasure trove The Lord Advocate is assisted by the Solicitor General for Scotland, both Law Officers. The day-to-day running of the Service is done by the Crown Agent & Chief Executive and an executive board who are based in the service headquarters at Crown Office in Chambers Street, Edinburgh. The Service employs both civil servants who carry out administrative and other duties and solicitors and advocates who represent the Crown in Court.