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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Justice Analytical Services data report - August 2020

Third release of a monthly data report on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the justice system in Scotland, including information from Police Scotland, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, courts and prisons.

32 page PDF

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32 page PDF

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Justice Analytical Services data report - August 2020
Summary

32 page PDF

1.2 MB

Summary

This pack provides information on the impact of COVID-19 on the Justice system during August 2020.

Data has been gathered from a number of different sources and may be subject to future revision.

Public compliance

This pack includes information on COVID-19 related interventions undertaken by Police Scotland. In addition to this, information on the public's compliance with measures to help restrict the spread of COVID-19 is collected from surveys of the population. Findings from these surveys can be found in the Public Attitudes to Coronavirus: June and early July report.

Overall, self-reported compliance was high and had remained stable through July.

Police activity

  • Recorded crime was 7% lower over April to August compared to last year.
  • The number of incidents remain below 2019 levels.
  • Domestic abuse incidents were 8% higher in April to August 2020 compared to last year.
  • Coronavirus interventions were up by almost seven tenths (69%) between July and August. Though remain much lower than in April.

Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS), Courts & Prisons

  • Subjects given a First Substantive Marking by COPFS are returning to 19-20 levels.
  • Registrations in the Sheriff court (solemn and summary) are returning to 19-20 levels.
  • There were 25,000 fewer disposals from courts between April and August compared to last year.
  • Initiations and disposals in the civil court remain below 19-20 levels.
  • Prison populations have decreased as court business has abated.
  • The number on remand continues to grow.

Contact

Email: Justice_Analysts@gov.scot