Precognitions

A precognition is a distinctive feature of the Scottish legal system.  It is the face to face interview of a witness who may be called to give evidence at a forthcoming criminal trial, civil proceedings or in respect of insurance claims.  It is done to evaluate the evidence that the witness will give while under oath at the trial.  The precognition requests that we receive are to interview our officers or support staff as potential witnesses in a case.

Solicitors and insurance companies tend to employ Precognition Officers to do the precognition on their behalf.  This gives the solicitor the opportunity to offer their client full advice on how best to respond to the charges they are faced with as well as establishing the strength of the case against them.  And, it allows insurance companies to explore the circumstances of a claim that they are dealing with.

The Procurator Fiscal can also request to precognose our staff in criminal proceedings to help decide how to take forward the case.  Where this happens, we will agree to the request, considering it our duty to do so.

There is no fee for a precognition in a criminal case, but a charge of £157 applies for precognitions for civil proceedings.

All requests for precognitions must be made in writing and requests can be sent to any of the addresses below:

Precognitions
Police Service of Scotland
Queen Street
ABERDEEN
AB10 1ZA

Precognitions
Police Service of Scotland
Cornwall Mount
Dumfries
DG1 1PZ

Precognitions
Police Service of Scotland
PO Box 59
West Bell Street
Dundee
DD1 9JU

Precognitions
Police Service of Scotland
Fettes Avenue
Edinburgh
EH4 1RB

Precognitions
Police Service of Scotland
2 French Street, Clyde Gateway
Glasgow
G40 4EH

Precognitions
Police Service of Scotland
Detroit Road
Glenrothes
Fife
KY6 2RJ

Precognitions
Police Service of Scotland
Old Perth Road
Inverness
IV2 3SY

Precognitions
Police Service of Scotland
Randolphfield
Stirling
FK8 2HD