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).