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Criminal Proceedings in Scotland, 2019-20

Published: 18 May 2021

A total of 85,726 people were proceeded against in Scottish criminal courts in 2019-20, a fall of 4% from 89,725 proceedings in 2018-19 The number of convictions was 75,251 in 2019-20, which is also a fall of 4% from 78,488 in 2018-19. This continues the general downward trend of the last ten years,

Criminal Proceedings in Scotland, 2019-20
Table 5(b) Proportions of people convicted by sex and age, 2010-11 to 2019-20

Table 5(b) Proportions of people convicted by sex and age, 2010-11 to 2019-20

Type of accused[1]   2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
All People[2,3] Total [4] 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
  Under 16 [5] * * * * * * * * * *
  16-17 4 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 1
  18-20 11 11 9 8 8 8 8 7 7 7
  21-30 36 36 36 34 33 33 33 32 31 30
  31-40 25 25 26 26 27 27 28 29 30 31
  41-50 16 17 17 18 18 18 18 18 18 18
  51-60 6 6 7 8 8 8 9 9 9 9
  Over 60 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 4 4 4
Male Total[4] 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
  Under 16 [5] * * * * * * * * * *
  16-17 4 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 1
  18-20 12 11 10 8 8 8 8 7 7 7
  21-30 36 36 36 35 34 34 34 33 32 31
  31-40 24 25 26 26 27 27 27 28 29 30
  41-50 16 16 17 18 18 18 17 17 17 18
  51-60 6 6 7 8 8 8 9 9 9 9
  Over 60 2 2 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4
Female Total[4] 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
  Under 16 [5] * * * * * - - * * -
  16-17 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
  18-20 9 9 8 7 7 7 6 6 6 6
  21-30 35 34 35 32 31 31 29 28 27 28
  31-40 27 28 27 28 30 29 31 33 34 34
  41-50 18 18 19 21 20 21 20 20 19 19
  51-60 6 7 7 8 8 8 9 9 9 10
  Over 60 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 4

1. A person who had a charge proved more than once within an individual year will be counted more than once .
2. Figures in the table are calculated as ratios per 1,000 of the Scottish population.
3. Includes sex not known; excludes companies.
4. Includes age not known; uses mid-year population estimate for those aged 8 upwards.
5. Uses mid-year population estimate for those aged 8-15.



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