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Summary Justice Reform Performance Report: October 2009 – September 2011

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Summary Justice Reform Performance Report: October 2009 - September 2011

13th December 2011

The following report contains a synopsis of summary criminal justice system performance against a range of key performance indicators for Summary Justice Reform. It uses data gathered from the eight Scottish Police forces via the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS), Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) and Scottish Court Service (SCS). (See Note 1)

This report has, until now, been published quarterly, but it is intended that, from now on, publication will be biannual, with reports issued in June and December.

The publication provides information on the four stages in the criminal justice process:

  • Stage 1 - Caution and Charge to Report;
  • Stage 2 - Case Marking;
  • Stage 3 - Court; and
  • Stage 4 - Disposal.

The most recent quarterly information on the four key end-to-end system indicators:

· percentage of cases concluded within 26 weeks (caution and charge to verdict);

· percentage of cases received by COPFS within 28 days;

· percentage of cases in which a prosecution decision is taken and implemented by COPFS within target; and

· percentage of accused whose cases are dealt with within 20 weeks (first calling to sentence).

can be accessed via the "Key Performance" page:-


Data is presented at a national level; the most recent performance information from the Local Criminal Justice Boards can be accessed via the Local Board websites.