Coronavirus (COVID-19): Justice Analytical Services Data Report - March 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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Subjects marked for court

The type of court proceedings appropriate for a case depends on the nature of the crimes or offences involved. The most serious crimes are marked for solemn proceedings, whilst less serious crimes and offences will be marked for Sheriff Summary or JP courts.

The number of people marked for proceedings in:

  • Solemn court (High Court or Sheriff & Jury) has been at or above 19-20 average levels since April 2020.
  • Sheriff Summary court fell below 19-20 average levels in August and continued to decrease until levels returned to at or near the 19-20 average in early 2021.
  • After a significant increase in January 2021, markings for JP court have returned to below 19-20 average levels in February and March 2021.
Chart: Subjects marked
Bar graph showing the number of subjects marked for non-court disposals by COPFS.

Fatal Accident Enquiries (as of 01 April 2021)

FAIs with scheduled court dates 32

FAIs with First Notice lodged, awaiting court dates: 2

Source: Data in this section has come from COPFS Internal Management Information System.



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