procurator fiscal


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procurator fiscal

a public prosecutor in Scotland. The procurator fiscal prosecutes in the sheriff courts (although proceedings on indictment there run in the name of Her Majesty's Advocate) and the district courts. A decision not to prosecute can probably be reversed by the Crown Office. There are other duties: the fiscal investigates sudden and suspicious deaths and has responsibilities in relation to intestate estates. He or she also instigates fatal accident inquiries. For England, see CROWN PROSECUTION SERVICE.
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A Procurator Fiscal spokesperson said: "I would usually expect a gap of at least a week before we get something from them.
They were referred to police recently by the procurator fiscal service.
A police spokesman said: "The matter has been investigated by the police and a report submitted to the procurator fiscal."
A Crown Office spokesman said: "The procurator fiscal deals with every case on its own individual facts and circumstances.
"We've had meetings with the Procurator Fiscal but they shut the door on it and the case with the Children's Reporter is now closed.
The two men have now been reported to the procurator fiscal."
A Crown Office spokesman said: "After further inquiry and careful consideration of all the facts and circumstances of this case, the Procurator Fiscal has decided that no further action is required."
In a statement yesterday Ms Alexander said the Standards Commissioner had to refer the case to the procurator fiscal automatically.
She spoke out after Dr Jim Dyer, the Scottish Parliament's standards watchdog, sent a report to the procurator fiscal in Lothian and Borders.
Procurator fiscal depute Morag Stuart was the centre of a police probe into corrupt practices at work.