Coronavirus (COVID-19): Justice Analytical Services data report - August 2021

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, Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service, and Scottish Prison Service.

Summary of COPFS First Substantive Markings

There are 3 types of marking decision available to COPFS:

  • No Action
  • Direct Measures
  • Court proceedings

Following an increase in all marking types in January 2021, numbers of markings subsequently decreased. Markings for No Action remain below pre-pandemic levels, marking for Direct Measures have recently increased to pre-pandemic levels and markings for court (although increasing) remain below pre-pandemic levels.

Chart: First Substantive Marking (bars – monthly count April 2020 to August 2021, dashed lines 19-20 average)
Bar chart showing a breakdown of COPFS markings.



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