First substantive marking
When COPFS receive a report that someone has committed a crime the prosecutor must decide what action to take. This is recorded on the case as a "marking". If a decision cannot be taken immediately, an interim marking may be recorded. When a substantive decision is reached a First Substantive Marking (FSM) is recorded, to indicate how the prosecutor has decided to proceed.
The number of accused given a FSM by COPFS is returning to pre-lockdown levels.
|Fiscal Week Beginning 10 August 2020||19-20 weekly average||Weekly average since lockdown||% of 19-20 average|
|Accused given a First Substantive Marking||3,445||2,949||86%|
|Accused that are in the process of being marked (interim marked)||2,971||3,480||117%|
|Accused that have not begun the marking process (unmarked)||16,477||11,420||69%|
FSM Reports ← → Returning to 2019-20 levels
Unmarked ↓ Around a third lower than last year