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COPFS specialist health and safety prosecution team

2011 November 17
by Mary Munro

Update

Today, the Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland QC paid tribute to the first two years of work of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service’s Health and Safety Division, at the annual conference of the Scottish Hazards Campaign Group.

He was speaking alongside Elaine Taylor, Head of the Health and Safety Division. Since the Division was established over two years ago, they have presided over a radical shake-up of the way that health and safety cases are dealt with by COPFS, Scotland’s sole prosecuting authority.

New statistics from the Division’s first two years of operation show that more than 70 cases resolved without the need for trials by securing early guilty pleas from the accused. (From COPFS press release of 17.11.11 linked to below).

Following posted on 2.9.10

“Firms fined £654,000 in health and safety cases” Scotsman
“Early guilty pleas spare families some heartache” Courier

Following posted on 8.7.09

“Special prosecutors to take on health and safety probes” Herald
“Prosecutors target work accidents” BBC
“Specialist prosecutors to target health and safety” Law Society Journal Online

Press releases

“Lord Advocate commends drastic change in prosecution of Health and Safety cases” COPFS (November 2011)
“Early pleas ease the pressure on victims of H&S cases” COPFS 1.9.10
“Solicitor General launches new Health and Safety Division” COPFS (July 2009)

See also

Scottish Hazards Group

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