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Statistical Bulletin: Crime and Justice Series: Summary Justice Reform Statistics 4 Key Indicators

DescriptionSummary data on performance of the four key stages of the criminal justice process.
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateMarch 15, 2011


1. In 2009 the Scottish Government published the paper Safer and Stronger: Summary Justice Reform: Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation 1. At paragraph 67 in this document the Government promised:-

Summary data on performance of the four key stages of the criminal justice process will be subsequently published on the Scottish Government website on a quarterly basis.

2. These key stages are:-

  • the percentage of cases dealt with within 26 weeks (caution and charge to verdict). In addition to the 60% target, the Scottish Government has also established a National Indicator to achieve a three percentage point increase in this percentage by 2011 relative to the 2006/07 baseline figure of 66%. See also:-


  • percentage of cases received by Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service ( COPFS) within 28 days of earliest caution and charge;
  • percentage of cases in which a prosecution decision was taken and implemented within 4 weeks of the date of receipt of the report;
  • percentage of accused whose cases are dealt with within 20 weeks (first calling to sentence).

3. Quarterly statistics in these categories are shown in the attached table. Targets have been agreed for the first three stages. These are also shown. The information is provided by COPFS for the first three stages, and by the Scottish Court Service for the fourth.

4. Further information is in the quarterly Summary Justice Reform Performance Report.

5. A version of the table showing statistics on these key stages is available.