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

This pack provides information on the impact of COVID-19 on the Justice system during December 2021.

Data has been gathered from a number of different sources and may be subject to future revision.

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Criminal Disposals

In December 2021 there were 5,449 disposals (excluding secondary disposals and the 'other' disposal category) from Scotland's courts. This is 75% of the 19-20 monthly average of 7,276 and lower than November 2021 (5,845 disposals).

Between April 2020 and December 2021 there were 54,700 (36%) fewer disposals from courts than would have been expected based on 19-20 average figures. Over this time period, there have been 32% fewer custodial sentences and 39% fewer community disposals imposed by the courts than might have been expected.

To: 31 December 2021 Monthly average 2019-20 December 2021 Change % Estimated* April 2020 – Dec 2021 Actual April 2020 – Dec 2021 Change %
Imprisonment 1,010 765 -24% 21,210 14,328 -32%
Community Disposal (CPO & DTTO) 1,383 1,003 -27% 29,043 17,794 -39%
Restriction of Liberty Order 296 285 -4% 6,216 5,314 -15%
Fine etc. 3,105 2,188 -30% 65,205 38,888 -40%
Admonished/ Discharged 1,482 1,208 -18% 31,122 21,772 -30%

* based on 19-20 monthly average disposals

Disposals from court at any point in time are related both to the volume of business coming into courts and the length of time it takes that business to proceed through the court system. Therefore, changes in crime levels or the ability of courts to function in the usual way may have associated impacts on disposals.

Further Information: Latest SCTS published official statistics

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Email: Justice_Analysts@gov.scot

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