First substantive marking
When COPFS receive a report that someone has committed a crime the prosecutor must decide whether and 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 in December 2021 has decreased below pre-pandemic levels and is the lowest value since April 2020 (it should be noted that public holidays and annual leave may lead to values for December differing from expectations). The number of unmarked reports in December 2021 is still below pre-pandemic levels and the number of interim marked reports is above pre-pandemic levels.
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