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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 7(b) Percentage of people convicted by main penalty, 2010-11 to 2019-20

Table 7(b) Percentage of people convicted by main penalty, 2010-11 to 2019-20

Main penalty 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
Total  100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100 100
Custody 13 15 15 13 13 14 14 14 16 15
Prison 11 12 13 12 12 12 12 13 14 13
Young offenders institution  2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Supervised release order - - - - - - - - - -
Extended sentence - - - - - - - - - -
Order for life-long restriction - - - - - - - - - -
Community sentence  14 16 17 17 17 19 20 21 19 22
Community payback order - 10 15 15 16 17 17 17 15 17
Restriction of liberty order 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 3 4 4
Drug treatment & testing order 1 1 1 1 - - - 1 1 1
Community service order 5 2 - - - - - - - -
Probation and other community sentences[1] 7 2 - - - - - - - -
Financial penalty 58 55 53 55 53 50 49 47 48 46
Fine 58 54 52 54 52 49 48 46 46 45
Compensation order 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Other sentence 15 15 15 15 16 17 17 18 18 18
Admonition[2] 14 14 15 14 15 17 16 17 17 17
Absolute discharge, no order made - - - - 1 1 1 1 1 1
Remit to children's hearing - - - - - - - - - -
Insanity, hospital, guardianship order - - - - - - - - - -
Average amount of penalty                    
Custody (days)[3] 281 277 289 284 295 287 291 314 317 326
Fine (£)[4,5] 180 180 200 200 180 200 200 200 230 230
Compensation order (£)[5,6] 180 190 200 200 200 200 200 250 290 250

1. Includes supervised attendance orders, community reparation orders and anti-social behaviour orders.
2. Includes a small number of court cautions and dog-related disposals.


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