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.
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.
- 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.