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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Criminal Registered & Scheduled Trials

Since lockdown, there have been 76,660 criminal registrations in the courts. 406 of these registrations have been COVID-19 related (0.5%).

In March 2021, most types of court registration were lower than (but returning to) 2019-20 averages:

  • Indictments registered in the High Court were 6% higher than the 19-20 average.
  • Indictments registered in the Sheriff court (solemn cases) were 10% lower than the 19-20 average.
  • Complaints (summary cases) registered in the Sheriff Court were 9% lower than the 19-20 average.
  • Complaints registered in the JP court were 26% lower than the 19-20 average.
Cases Registered 19-20 monthly average March 2021 Change from 19-20 monthly average Outstanding (scheduled) trials
March 2020 March 2021
High Court 85 90 +5 (+6%) 390 267
Sheriff Court 454 410 -44 (-10%) 497 1,329
Sheriff Court 5,478 5,000 -478 (-9%) 13,971 30,645
JP Court 2,799 2,060 -739 (-26%) 3,497 5,560

At the end of March 2021 there were 37,801 trials outstanding. This compares to 18,355 at the end of 2019-20. In addition, SCTS have forecast that there are another 8,295 cases in the system which are likely to come to trial but have not yet had a trial date set (see SCTS published monthly criminal statistics for more details).



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