Circumstances where you need to apply for prior approval

The provision is concerned with the way the case is conducted – that is, the work done.

If you consider court proceedings have to be raised in a foreign jurisdiction for, say, production of documents or evidence held by an off-shore company, you need sanction for this.

Some other examples of where prior approval should be sought are:

  • inspecting a locus outside Scotland
  • copying large volumes of papers, should the cost exceed £2,000
  • instructing counsel to consult with an expert outwith Scotland
  • keeping a watching brief on some other case
  • having shorthand notes extended.

This is not an exhaustive list. If you have any doubt about this you should contact our Criminal Applications Department to discuss your case.

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