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Civil justice statistics in Scotland: 2018-2019

The 2018-2019 civil justice statistics in Scotland release includes main statistics tables, figures and supplementary statistics tables.

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Table 11: Divorces granted by method of celebration and sex, 2017-18 to 2018-19

Year Sex Church of Scotland Roman Catholic Other Religions Humanist1 Civil2 Total
2018-19 Opposite sex 1,770 571 793 116 4,094 7,344
Same sex 0 0 2 6 27 35
Total 1,770 571 795 122 4,121 7,379
2017-18 Opposite sex 1,741 550 851 89 3,630 6,861
Same sex 0 0 1 1 6 8
Total 1,741 550 852 90 3,636 6,869

1. Humanist figures only refer to sheriff courts whose data collection now has a separate Humanist category. 

If there were Humanist divorces granted in the Court of Session, they would be recorded under 'Civil'.

2. This includes a very small number of irregular marriages. Irregular marriages which took place in Scotland before 

May 2006 can be made legal when established by a decree of  declarator are rare, accounting for just 0.03 per cent of all civil and irregular marriages that took place over the last 50 years. More detailed data are available from the marriage and civil partnership section of the National Records of Scotland website. https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/statistics-and-data/statistics/statistics-by-theme/vital-events/general-publications/vital-events-reference-tables/2018/section-7-marriages 

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