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Summary Court cases dealt with within 26 weeks

Summary Court cases dealt with within 26 weeks

19 May 2010

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The percentage of criminal cases in Summary Courts completed within 26 weeks in 2009/10 was 77%. This is an increase from 65% in 2005/06, 66% in 2006/07, 68% in 2007/08 and 74% in 2008/09.

The Scottish Government has established a National Indicator to achieve a three percentage point increase in the percentage of criminal cases disposed of within 26 weeks by 2011 relative to the 2006/07 baseline figure of 66%.

Percentage of Summary Court cases dealt with within 26 weeks, 2005-06 to 2009-10

Summary Court Chart

Source: Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service


  • The statistics published in this Statistics Release are derived from information provided by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS). They reflect the information as held at end March 2010. Any revisions to the data will be reported in future Statistics Releases.
  • Figures cover Sheriff Summary, District / Justice of the Peace and Stipendiary court cases.
  • The time points are defined as the earliest caution and charge date for any accused in the case to the latest verdict date for any accused in the case.
  • Figures for each year relate to cases which were closed in that period.
  • More information on this Scotland Performs National Indicator can be found at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/About/scotPerforms/indicators/criminalCases


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