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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Justice Analytical Services data report - October 2020

Fifth release of a 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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Justice Analytical Services data report - October 2020


This pack provides information on the impact of COVID-19 on the Justice system during October 2020. 

Data has been gathered from a number of different sources and may be subject to future revision.

Public compliance

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: October Update

Claimed compliance in Phase 3 has been high.

Police activity

  • Recorded crime was 7% lower over April to October compared to last year.
  • The number of incidents remain below 2019 levels.
  • Domestic abuse incidents were 7% higher in April to October 2020 compared to last year.
  • Coronavirus interventions decreased by more than a third (36%) between September and October.

Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS), Courts & Prisons

  • Subjects marked for Sheriff Summary court by COPFS are below the 19-20 average.
  • Subjects marked for solemn proceedings remain above the 19-20 average.
  • Subjects given Fiscal fixed penalties by COPFS have increased.
  • There were 26,502 fewer disposals from courts between April and October compared to last year.
  • Initiations and disposals in the civil court remain below 19-20 levels.
  • Prison populations decreased as court business abated.
  • Prisoners on remand remain at historically high levels.