When the police charge someone for a crime, they send a report to the Procurator Fiscal (PF). The PF investigates the crime, considers the report and decides on what action should then be taken. The PF can decide to take no proceedings, to issue a warning or a fiscal fine, to refer to the children’s panel, to divert proceedings to psychiatric or social work assessment, or to proceed to a court prosecution.

First broadcast:
17 February 2001

Students could sum up in a text message format who the procurators fiscal are and what they do. They should not exceed 150 words and the message should be easily understood by their peers.