Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland’s superb PF team abandoned 12,035 prosecutions, some because it wasn't in the public interest to prosecute CATCHING CROOKS in Scotland has never been more difficult, according to figures disclosed showing Scotland’s ‘Institutionally inept’ Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) with it’s ONE HUNDRED MILLION POUND A YEAR BUDGET has abandoned over TWELVE THOUSAND PROSDECUTIONS in the past year, a massive rise of FORTY PERCENT on the previous year. Among the cases dropped include charges of assault, theft, fraud, drug dealing and the usual collection of cases against persons in more senior positions & professional walks of life who the Crown Office have an unstated policy of refusing to prosecute (such as judges, civil servants, legal professionals etc – Ed)
The Daily Record reports :
Jul 8 2012 Exclusive by Matt Coyle
POLICE blunders have forced prosecutors to drop nearly 2000 cases in Scotland in the last year.
A total of 1939 cases were abandoned before reaching court because police failed to file reports on time.
The figure is up 40 per cent on the previous 12 months. Cases involved included 169 of assault, 170 of theft, 38 of fraud, 10 of drug-dealing and one involving child pornography.
Labour justice spokesman Lewis Macdonald said: “It is little wonder so many alleged offenders are able to walk away, with cuts to support staff in the police, cuts to the budget of the Crown Office and talk of closing local courts.
“A 40 per cent increase in cases abandoned because of police delays reflects the impact of almost 1000 staff job losses in the last two years. These cuts have to stop.”
In all, 12,035 cases were abandoned without a court hearing in the last 12 months, figures released under the Freedom of Information Act reveal.
Prosecutors dropped 7635 cases after deciding further action was “disproportionate” and “not in the public interest”. They included 10 cases of alleged rape, 51 of police assault, 38 of fraud and 327 of theft.
The Association of Chief Police Officers Scotland said police did their work in time in the vast majority of cases. They said the failures were “highly regrettable”.
Police say delays may happen when they have to analyse drugs or forensic evidence or trace witnesses.