New court structure

THE appointment of John Logue as the senior procurator fiscal for the East Scotland was one of three senior appointments announced by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) this week.

The new East of Scotland ‘network’ led by John Logue combines the previous COPFS areas of Central, Fife, and Lothian & Borders. He is responsible for staff working in COPFS offices in: Alloa; Cupar; Dunfermline; Edinburgh; Falkirk; Haddington; Jedburgh; Kirkcaldy; Livingston; Selkirk; and Stirling.

Senior managers in the east will oversee teams as they: take decisions on proceedings; prepare and present prosecutions before Justices of the Peace and sheriffs; prepare and prosecute jury cases in the Sheriff Courts; and prepare High Court cases.

The restructuring aims to allow the COPFS to use its technology to the full, with teams from around Scotland working together more efficiently and providing an effective service to the public.

Specialism in all prosecution work is now at the core of the COPFS with the introduction of the new structure and builds on the approach already taken at a national level where specialist prosecutors work in specific areas: sexual crime; serious and organised crime; health and safety, and have delivered significant results.

John Logue, the new Procurator Fiscal for the East ‘network’, said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead the prosecution service in the East of Scotland.

“This restructuring will allow our highly trained prosecutors to work together across a larger area, bringing a broader range of expertise to cases in local communities and sharing work between offices using our specialist computer systems.

“By using our IT systems and technology to their full potential, we can not only improve the efficiency of our work but also the service we provide to local communities.

“We will continue to work closely with Lothian and Borders Police, Central Scotland Police and Fife Constabulary to ensure that justice is delivered swiftly and effectively and that our communities remain safe places to live.”