This pack provides information on the impact of COVID-19 on the Justice system during November 2021.
Data has been gathered from a number of different sources and may be subject to future revision.
- The number of crimes recorded in November 2021 was lower than that in both November 2020 and November 2019.
- The number of Domestic Abuse incidents recorded by the Police in November 2021 was higher than the level seen in November 2020 and November 2019.
Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS), Courts & Prisons
- Custody reports received by COPFS remain consistently below pre-pandemic levels and undertaking reports remain consistently above pre-pandemic levels.
- The number of accused given a First Substantive Marking by COPFS in November 2021 returned to pre-pandemic levels.
- 16 additional trial courts per day have been added to address backlogs.
- Initiations in the civil court remain below 19-20 levels, while disposals have almost returned to 19-20 levels.
- The number of prisoners on remand is at a historically high level.
- The prison population has risen by around 100 to over 7,600 since October 2021.
101 & 999 call volumes and incidents recorded
Owing to the stopping of the Operation Talla daily overview in mid-November we are no longer including these figures here.
A full breakdown of calls and incident volumes is still available from Police Scotland's Enforcement and response data page.
Coronavirus legislation intervention activity
Following a decline to almost zero interventions, Operation Talla reporting of interventions was stopped in mid-November. The final report from 17th November 2021 showed no interventions in November to that point.
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