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

Eighth release of a 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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This pack provides information on the impact of COVID-19 on the Justice system during January 2021.

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

Public compliance

This pack includes information on COVID-19 related interventions undertaken by Police Scotland. In addition to this, information on the public’s compliance with measures to help restrict the spread of COVID-19 is collected from surveys of the population. Findings from these surveys can be found in the Public attitudes to Coronavirus: January Update.

Claimed compliance was high in November and December.

Police activity

  • Recorded crime was 6% lower over April 2020 to January 2021 compared to the preceding year.
  • The number of incidents remain below 2020 levels.
  • Domestic abuse incidents were 4% higher in April 2020 to January 2021 compared to the preceding year.
  • Coronavirus interventions increased by 43% between December 2020 and January 2021.

Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS), Courts & Prisons

  • COPFS greatly reduced the number of reports awaiting marking January 2021.
  • To reduce footfall in lockdown, the majority of summary business was adjourned on 12th January.
  • Community disposals were returning to 19-20 levels but there remains a backlog of cases (and associated disposals) to conclude.
  • Initiations and disposals in the civil court remain below 19-20 levels.
  • Prison populations decreased slightly as court business abated.
  • The number of prisoners on remand remain at historically high levels.



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