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.
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.
- 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.