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.
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.
- 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.