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.
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Criminal Registered & Scheduled Trials
Since the initial lockdown in March 2020, there have been 112,167 criminal registrations in the courts. 553 of these registrations have been COVID-19 related (0.5%).
In August 2021, all types of court registration remained lower than 2019-20 averages, although the number of indictments registered in the Sheriff court is returning to pre-pandemic levels.
- Indictments registered in the High Court were 56% lower than the 19-20 average.
- Indictments registered in the Sheriff court (solemn cases) were 2% below the 19-20 average.
- Complaints (summary cases) registered in the Sheriff Court were 14% lower than the 19-20 average.
- Complaints registered in the JP court were 28% lower than the 19-20 average.
|Cases Registered||19-20 monthly average||August 2021|| Change from
19-20 monthly average
|Outstanding trials March 2020||Outstanding trials August 2021|
|High Court||85||37||-48 (-56%)||390||432|
|Sheriff Court||454||447||-7 (-2%)||497||1,781|
|Sheriff Court||5,458||4,718||-740 (-14%)||13,971||33,369|
|JP Court||2,799||2,012||-787 (-28%)||3,497||7,944|
At the end of August 2021 there were 43,526 trials outstanding. This compares to 18,355 at the end of 2019-20. In addition, SCTS have forecast that there are another 5,093 cases in the system which are likely to come to trial but have not yet had a trial date set (see SCTS published monthly criminal statistics for more detail - https://www.scotcourts.gov.uk/official-statistics).
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