Scotland’s top prosecutor wants his organisation to lose its reputation as the “silent service”, by improving communication with journalists.
Norman McFadyen, the Crown Agent for Scotland, is the senior legal official of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, which is responsible for prosecuting crime and investigating all deaths in Scotland.
“We need to communicate better with you,” he told editors.
“We have made a conscious effort to be more open to explain our decisions and use less jargon.”
The service was providing more guidance notes about forthcoming trials to help editors understand potential pitfalls and was trying to portray a more “human face”, by explaining the reasons behind policy and decisions.