This pack provides information on the impact of COVID-19 on the Justice system during September 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 September compared to last year.
- The number of incidents remain below 2019 levels.
- Domestic abuse incidents were 8% higher in April to September 2020 compared to last year.
- Coronavirus interventions more than trebled (240%) between August and September, though remain much lower than in April.
Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS), Courts & Prisons
- Subjects marked for Sheriff Summary court by COPFS have decreased.
- Subjects given Direct Measures by COPFS have increased.
- Registrations in the Sheriff court (solemn and summary) are above 19-20 levels.
- There were 25,000 fewer disposals from courts between April and September compared to last year.
- Initiations and disposals in the civil court remain below 19-20 levels.
- Prison populations decreased as court business abated.
- The number on remand continues to grow.